Back to the 1950s at Labassa Mansion

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Back to the 1950s at Labassa Mansion
Bruce Postle

Full circle skirts, petticoats and cats' eye specs are in order when this rarely seen gem opens its doors on National Trust Day

This Saturday, as part of National Trust Day, Labassa, a Caulfield mansion and National Trust property built during the 1860s, is throwing open its doors and inviting patrons in to party like it's 1954.

Pretend you're Audrey Hepburn and stroll around the grounds or take a self-guided tour of the premises, which also doubles as Miss Fisher's luxurious abode in the ABC's cheeky, murder-mystery show Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Leave plenty of time to enjoy swing dancing performances and '50s themed refreshments, while fantasising about owning one of the vintage vehicular beauties on show, including Buicks, Fords and Holdens. 

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Visitors are encouraged to dress 50s style (dudes get it easy – just grease back your hair, roll up your blue jeans and whack on a white T-shirt). If you're looking for a little vintage styilstic assistance, make an appointment with the Distinctive Dame and visit her pop-up beauty salon (bookings are essential). Maybe bring some cash to purchase a vintage '50s hat and complete the look. 

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