Abikhair’s Emporium exhibition brings a return to hats and tweed skirts

Museum collections officer Victoria Cooper puts a 1950s model of decorum in her place. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

Museum collections officer Victoria Cooper puts a 1950s model of decorum in her place. Picture: PETER MERKESTEYN

IT’S time to frock up — Mad Men style — to celebrate the glamour of Albury’s most famous department store.

Almost 20 years since it closed, Albury’s Abikhair’s Emporium — on the corner of Swift and Olive streets — is back in an exhibition at Albury Library Museum.

Patrons can join former Vogue editor and fashion expert Kirstie Clements at Sunday’s launch from 2pm.

“There will be a high tea and people are encouraged to dress up in 1950s attire,” Albury Council’s social history co-ordinator Bridget Guthrie said.

Advertising posters, merchandise and haberdashery from the 1950s are on display, all items the council acquired when the store closed in 1996.

The store’s original sales counter and “flying fox”, a rapid-wire cash railway transfer system is a highlight.

Emporium runs until September 7.

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