Celebrating Canberra's 100th birthday in style

As Canberra kicks up its heels for centenary celebrations, there is an invitation to reflect on the fashion that attended other milestones in the city's history.

The National Capital Authority has gathered an assortment of costumes which would have been worn on Foundation Day in 1913.

They include a replica gown, hat, gloves and boots similar to https://www.goldengooseshoesit.com/ those worn by Lady Denman, who announced the name of the national capital as Canberra at midday on March 12, 1913.

In the crowd, one might have spotted a local woman wearing a muslin dress, a willow hat dressed with silk satin lace, cotton stockings and suede shoes.

Children could have worn a white Edwardian gabardine suit with a straw breton.

And the Light Horsemen would have been suitably attired in a crisply pressed uniform.

'A Capital Collection - Our History In Fashion' will be unveiled in four stages during Canberra's 2013 centenary celebrations.

Milliners and costumers from the Canberra area contributed to the display while other items are on loan from personal collections. Photo: Edwardian gabardine suit and hat from the same era as Canberra's Foundation Day ceremony in 1913. (Supplied: National Capital Authority)

Curator Roslyn Hull says an original set of event paraphernalia is also on display.

"The set includes an invitation, seating card, invitation to afternoon tea and a presentation card which would have been given to the Governor-General's aide-de camp to announce the names of the people meeting the vice-regal couple," she said.

Those items are on loan from Robert Peden whose grandparents were invited to the Foundation Ceremony in 1913.

Later in 2013 the exhibition will showcase the fashions that were worn at three other key events in Canberra's history.

They include the opening of the provisional Parliament House in 1927, the inauguration of Lake Burley Griffin in 1964 and Golden Goose Sale the opening of Parliament House in 1988.

The staged exhibition will continue at the National Capital Exhibition in Commonwealth Park until December 16.