Heritage Run – National Trust of NSW – My visit to Retford Park

Miss Pia Andersen Sara Jeanne and Courtney Margaret for Vintage Allsorts

Miss Pia Andersen, Sara Jeanne and Courtney Hudson at Retford Park Bowral NSW Photo by Ben Symons

 

Last Friday I was invited to take part in a media event for The National Trust of NSW to help promote their upcoming Highway 31 Heritage Run event which is a classic car rally that sees entrants enjoy a leisurely tour of the former Hume Highway, driving from Old Government House, Parramatta to Cooma Cottage, Yass.

 

Historical country home Retford Park Bowral

Photos of Retford Park Bowral by Ben Symons for The National Trust NSW

We spent the morning at the historical home ‘Retford Park’ in Bowral which is the first and grandest heritage property on The National Trust Heritage Trail and a definite highlight of the Heritage Run, being the destination for morning tea on the first day of the event which takes place on the 5th and 6th November this year.

 

Miss Pia Andersen , Sara Jeanne and Courtney Hudson at Retford Park for The National Trust of NSW

What an incredible property! This grand house was built in 1887 and has been owned by James Fairfax since 1964. Since that time it has played host to many important and noble visitors including members of the British and European Royal families, high ranking politicians, numerous renowned artists and representatives of art fraternities worldwide. Needless to say we felt incredibly spoilt to enjoy the property and its breathtaking gardens.

Media Event for at Retford Park Bowral for The National Trust of NSW Heritage Run

Media Event for at Retford Park Bowral for The National Trust of NSW Heritage Run Photos Ben Symons

Mr Farifax is well renowned for his philanthropic gifts and has long planned to gift Retford Park to the benefit of the community. In fulfilment of that ambition, in April this year he gifted his amazing country home to The National Trust of NSW along with a significant endowment for it’s ongoing upkeep, knowing that transferring the property into the safe hands of The National Trust means the home will be preserved for future generations of Australians. It is the largest donation in the NSW Trust’s 70 year history.

 

National Trust of NSW media Event at Retford Park for The Heritage Run 2016

Although Retford Park is the private residence of Mr James Fairfax AC and not normally open to the public, on a limited number of days each year the gardens are open and a modest charge of $10 is made with under 18′s free. The entry fees support The Bowral District Arts Society.

The exceptional gardens will again be open in Spring 2016 on 21st, 22nd and 23rd October 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm. Picnics are welcome but there will also be morning and afternoon teas provided by the Country Women’s Association.

If you are wanting to visit the estate on one of those dates you can find more information here

http://retfordparkbowral.com.au/

The Heritage Run is sure to be an incredible weekend of classic cars and Southern Highlands History. If you are interested in taking part you will find lots of details on The National Trust website. https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/event/highway-31-heritage-run/

 

Media Event for at Retford Park Bowral for The National Trust of NSW Heritage Run

Media Event for at Retford Park Bowral for The National Trust of NSW Heritage Run

 

The professional photos featured in this blog were taken by Ben Symons of Tito Media. You can also see lots of my own snap shots on my Instagram account. @misspiaandersen

Thanks so much to the National Trust for having myself and Vintage Allsorts take part in your media event we can’t wait for The Heritage Run!

 

 

Miss Pia Andersen, Sara Jeanne and Courtney Hudson at Retford Park Bowral for the National Trust of NSW

 

 

 

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Back to the 50′s Festival at St.Ives Showground 2015

Renee Van Kraanen Photo Daywear parade Back to the 50's Festival 2015

Daywear parade Back to the 50′s Festival 2015 Photo – Renee Van Kraanen

Last year I was contacted by Ku-Ring-Gai Council to help them with the development of a brand new 50′s inspired festival to be held at St.Ives Showground in August. I was delighted to be involved with the inaugural event.

Besides some behind the scenes, planning , programming and promotion, My main role was to produce and MC two 1950′s Fashion Shows for the day. Using the Vintage Allsorts collection of original frocks and accessories I complied a showcase of gorgeous daywear and show stopping cocktail & evening wear to Parade. Our evening wear collection included designer pieces by Norman Hartnell and Emma Domb.

Make up design for the parade was done by the talented Courtney Hudson and vintage hair stying specialist Adele Durno made sure everyones locks were coiffed to perfection.

It was a wonderful sunshine Saturday and a wonderful event to be involved with. Here’s hoping the council decides to re-visit the idea in coming years and bring back the 50′s to St.Ives Showground again soon.

Pia Andersen’s evening wear fashion parade – Back to the 50′s festival 2015 Featuring Norman Hartnell and Emma Domb Gowns. Photo Renee Van Kraanen

Vintage Allsorts Models Holly and Sam Back to the 50's Fair fashion parades

Vintage Allsorts Models. Vintage Bride Holly and Bridesmaid Sam Back to the 50′s Fair fashion parades. Photos Carlos Baron

Vintage Allsorts Models Katherine and NIcharla - Back to the 50's Fair fashion parades

Vintage Allsorts Models Katherine and NIcharla – Back to the 50′s Fair fashion parades

Model Kitty Van Horne - 50's evening wear fashion parade Photos: Renee Van Kraanen

Model Kitty Van Horne – 50′s evening wear fashion parade Photos: Renee Van Kraanen

Vintage Allsorts Models Ella Rose Corby and Nicharla- Back to the 50's Fair fashion parades

Vintage Allsorts Models Ella Rose Corby and Nicharla- Back to the 50′s Fair fashion parades. Photo – Carlos Baron

Model Samantha Darby- 50's evening wear fashion parade Photos: Renee Van Kraanen

Model Samantha Darby- 50′s evening wear fashion parade Photos: Renee Van Kraanen

Back to the 50′s evening wear parade Featuring Emma Domb and Norman Hartnell Gowns – photo Harry Raab

Model Katherine Spiers - 50's evening wear fashion parade Photos: Renee Van Kraanen
Model Katherine Spiers – 50′s evening wear fashion parade Photos: Renee Van Kraanen

Carlos Baron Vintage Portraits - Daywear fashion parade at the Back to the 50's Festival 2015
Carlos Baron Vintage Portraits – Daywear fashion parade at the Back to the 50′s Festival 2015

50's Vintage Bride and Bridesmaid Fashion Parade Back to the 50's 2015 Photo Renee Van Kraanen

50′s Vintage Bride and Bridesmaid Fashion Parade Back to the 50′s 2015 Photo Renee Van Kraanen

Pia Andersen’s evening wear fashion parade – Back to the 50′s festival 2015 Photo Renee Van Kraanen

Vintage Models - 50's fashion parade
Vintage Allsorts Models in action during Pia Andersen’s daywear fashion parade. Photos – Harry Raab

Photos from the 50's daywear fashion parade. Photos: Harry Raab Imagery
Photos from the 50′s daywear fashion parade. Photos: Harry Raab Imagery

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Rodeo Queen Prop Styling for Peter Alexander

RODEO QUEEN - Pia Andersen Prop Styling for Peter Alexander

RODEO QUEEN – Pia Andersen Prop Styling for Peter Alexander

In January this year I worked on the prop styling for Peter Alexander’s western inspired Rodeo Queen collection. ┬áMy dear friend and amazing assistant Brendan Hay worked with me and together we sourced a fun collection of colourful vintage rocking horses, rocking chairs, cowboy hats, boots, barrels and all things rodeo. Here are some of the final shots.

RODEO QUEEN – Pia Andersen Prop Styling for Peter Alexander

RODEO QUEEN – Pia Andersen Prop Styling for Peter Alexander

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Abby Earl – Grace Kelly inspired shoot for Women’s Weekly magazine

Abby Earl – ‘Grace Kelly’ Corrie Bond Shoot for Australian Women’s Weekly

I’m finally finding a moment to share this beautiful collection of images from 2014 of A Place to Call Home Actress Abby Earl for Women’s Weekly magazine. I worked as the prop stylist on this shoot by WW’s lovely style director Mattie Cronan and photographed by the always amazing Corrie Bond. Our location for the day was a truly magnificent private residence on the Upper North Shore and it was the perfect surrounding to capture gorgeous Abby in this Grace Kelly inspired shoot.

My brief was for classic and romantic vintage props for a picnic, a pool side, tennis game, luggage, fresh flowers and luckily enough parasols were also on the list as we had a few light showers throughout the day and the crew stood by looking very elegant with their vintage styled shelter.

Make up was by Charlie Kielty and hair by Keiran Street, It was wonderful to be apart of this fabulous creative team and i think you will agree the final images are gorgeous!

Pia Andersen Prop styling for Abby Earl shoot for WW magazine

Behind the scenes – Prop styling for Abby Earl shoot for WW magazine

Abby Earl - 'Grace Kelly' Corrie Bond Shoot for Australian Women's Weekly

Abby Earl – ‘Grace Kelly’ Corrie Bond Shoot for Australian Women’s Weekly

Abby Earl – ‘Grace Kelly’ Corrie Bond Shoot for Australian Women’s Weekly

Abby Earl - 'Grace Kelly' Corrie Bond Shoot for Australian Women's Weekly Mattie Cronan

Abby Earl – ‘Grace Kelly’ Corrie Bond Shoot for Australian Women’s Weekly

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