New vintage fashion museum needs help
FORMER model and fashion designer Edna-Mae Grimmett-Green has accomplished a lot in her life.
Now, she wants to take on the challenge of opening a museum dedicated to the things she loves - vintage fashion and Australiana.
"I've loved fashion all my life and I can even remember the first dress I got when I was four. It was a white cotton spotted dress with purple flowers," she said.
"I can't remember a time when I didn't live and breathe fashion."
Mrs Grimmett-Green has accumulated a large collection of vintage fashion and antiques at her Lower Mt Walker property.
She hopes to open a museum in honour of her late husband Leon, who she met at a Channel 7 telethon in the 90s.
"I was hosting the show and Leon was a sponsor," she said.
"It's been something I've been trying to achieve since he died. I want to finish it for him."
The former model has been keeping and collecting fashion over the years. She now has thousands of pieces ranging from the 17th Century to the year 2000.
"I've been collecting items for 40 years," she said.
"My earliest piece is a wedding gown and veil from the 17th century and I have a lot of pieces from the 1920s and 1930s.
"The collection also includes dolls, prams, cookware and other Australian history which tells the stories of everyday Aussies and our past way of life."
The grandmother has the items and has begun building the Ednaleon Private Museum Collection.
Now she is calling for sponsors to help finish the project.
"If I don't get any sponsors I don't know how much further I can go with it," she said.
"I'd love to see it done by the end of the year.
"Once the museum opens I want to offer morning and afternoon teas. I hope it will help teach the next generation about our past."
To sponsor the museum or for more information, phone Mrs Grimmett-Green on 5464 2584.