Fashion History Talks & Demonstrations with Aylwen Gardiner-Garden - Renaissance, Regency or Victorian Fashion History.

Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Aylwen Gardiner-Garden is available to visit museums, schools and heritage sites to teach hands-on social fashion history. She travels all over Australia and is happy to perform in all indoor venues or put up a static display. All talks last for about 1 hour and she is happy to stay afterwards to chat with audience members and show antique and modern reproduction fashion items in greater detail. No longer need your students look at historic garments behind glass - see these garments up close and inside-out. 


  • Dressing an Elizabethan Lady 
  • Jane Austen's Wardrobe
  • Dressing Mr Darcy
  • Corsets & Crinolines, oh my!

1/2 Day Workshops/Activities

  • Learn hand sewing basics
  • Elizabethan blackwork basics
  • Outdoor lawn games from the early 1800s

2 Day Workshops/Activities

  • Make a regency bonnet in 2 days
  • Make a regency dress in 2 days


  • two large tables for each performance
  • a private room to change in
  • refreshments


I have had the privilege of being at several of Aylwen Gardiner-Garden’s very interesting costuming presentations. Over several years I have seen her present on the Elizabethan, Regency and Victorian eras. In each situation she has been interesting, appropriate and very informative showing an extensive knowledge not only of costuming, but the social context of life in this time. I have always left feeling as if I have learnt a lot from her presentations and am in a position to share some of this with others. Of particular interest was her “Dressing Mr Darcy” presentation on Regency male clothing – a hilarious presentation with a “live” Mr Darcy going from his underclothes to a very fine frock coat, boots and top hat. I highly recommend Aylwen as a presenter.      MG, St Clare's College, Canberra


About Aylwen:

Aylwen is an expert historical costumier, experienced dancer and professional events organiser.

As a costumier she has studied at home and abroad for many years and her expertise is now sought after by people all around the world. She has made most of the many different costumes worn for performance by the Earthly Delights musiciansand dancers and assisted many others in our academy's scene in the making of theirs. She has also taken commissions from far and wide for the making of dress items of all eras. In September 2013 she lead a historic costume & dance tour of England. Aylwen is happy to discuss her special historical costume presentations suitable for museums, schools and heritage sites and is taking enrolments in her historic fashion workshops and school holiday programs.

As a dancer she has been part of all of Earthly Delights's dances teaching series, ball series and dance display groups. She has also been for many years the display partner and teaching assistant of her husband John Gardiner-Garden, including most recently on their 2011 8-week 20-engagement around the world dance tour, their 2012 3-week dance tour of Italy and Germany and the above-mentioned 2013 England tour.

As a tour organiser Aylwen has organised 2 thirty-person performing tours to Queensland, an 8-week tour across the US, UK and Denmark in 2011, a 3-week tour to Switzerland, Italy and Germany in 2012, a 3-week group tour to England in September 2013 and many other out of town dance tours. 

As an Events Manager she has organised nearly 1,000 classes, dances, balls and special events over the 16 years she's been Earthly Delights administrative co-ordinator, directed the annual Jane Austen Festival Australia for 6 years in a row, and organised all the events on the above mentioned tours. See other pages for glimpse of past and upcoming series and events she's been involved with organising, including a new venture in 2014, the Canberra Shakespeare Festival.

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