Saturday, May 10, 2014
An Innovative Brisbane Department Store: Allan and Stark
You look through the new fashion catalogue from Allan and Stark, and see delightful illustrations of models from the great design centres of Europe. There are pretty blouses, lace goods, silk underskirts and several different types of hats.
It is a good idea to go to the showroom before buying anything, and you are especially anxious to see the hats. The millinery showroom is magnificent. Decorated with cool green carpets and curtains, the room features long mirrors surrounded by masses of foliage, emerald velvet stands and Japanese baskets filled with colourful flowers, including forget-me-nots, poppies and cornflowers. There is also a famous 'crimson' table with roses, poppies and crimson hats.
You love the new hats. You can choose between the Gainsborough, the Leghorn and the Bow hat. The bow hat in the showroom is made of black crinoline with a cluster of roses and large black bows. Another one is made of blue crinoline and has blue roses and bows with a Japanese buckle.
After looking at the dresses, you decide to buy a blue dress with leg-of-mutton sleeves and a rich applique trimming to match your new Bow hat.
Next time, I will write about the history of this wonderful store. If only I could go time-travelling and see these beautiful fashions!