A long-time tradition of women dressed as the goddess of love and beauty has its roots in a Victorian novel by Joseph Conrad.
The Sleeping Beauty of the North Country is a tale of a woman who is destined to be the queen of love, beauty and life.
A few years ago, the book’s creator died and her story has been lost to history.
But now, a few years later, she is back, thanks to a new exhibition at the Melbourne Museum.
In 2012, the exhibition opened in a small box with a handwritten note from the writer, who had passed away.
“Dear Sir, I would like to share with you a little bit of my past and the wonderful work of the great Victorian novelist Joseph Conrad,” the note read.
“I believe you will find the story fascinating, funny, poignant and heart-warming.”
The exhibition is a retelling of the story of the book, in which Conrad was a lover of literature and a devotee of the arts.
“It is a book of beauty, poetry and history,” says curator Lisa Williams.
“The Sleeping Beauties of the north country are all women, beautiful black and white, and have all had a dream of love.”
It has been two decades since the exhibition, which opened in 2013, was unveiled.
But it has taken the museum a while to get around to the manuscript.
“We knew we had to do something in the world of the past,” Ms Williams says.
“Because it is one of the most famous novels of the 20th century.”
So we needed to find a way to retell the story.
“Ms Williams says the book was written about 20 years before the first world war, and it was not until the 1930s that it was published.”
In the 1930’s, women were really having to work in the home, which is where they are the most likely to be in trouble,” she says.
She says the exhibition is an extension of that effort.”
A lot of the themes of this book have been around for a long time.
It was about what it means to be a woman in Victorian society, it was about the power of the heart and the importance of love.
“That’s a theme that’s been written about in a lot of places over the years.”
The book’s heroine, the beautiful black woman known as Belle, is a slave.
“She’s very different to any of the other characters, and so it’s really about the role of the white woman,” Ms Williamson says.
There are two main characters in the book: Belle and the beautiful white woman, Aurora.
Both are imprisoned in a house in the North West of England.
Ms Williams said it is unusual for a book to be told through two main female characters.
“These are the women who are trapped in these houses.
It’s quite a complicated story, because there are a lot more than just two main protagonists,” she said.”
You have the beautiful woman who’s imprisoned, and the lovely white woman who has her own life.”
The story is told through the eyes of Belle, a servant who works in a tea house, and Aurora, a beautiful white lady who is pregnant and in love with her new husband.
“Belle and Aurora have the same story,” Ms Matthews says.
The exhibition focuses on Belle’s relationship with Aurora.
The book tells the story from the perspective of a white woman.
“This is a really powerful book,” Ms Davidson says.
“It’s an amazing story, but it’s not so pretty.”
If you’re looking for a story about white people, it’s pretty boring.
“It is also a story that Ms Williams believes has been left out of history.”
People are interested in the slave trade, and that’s a story you hear in stories about white women,” she explains.”
But the book is about people, and what it meant to be an American woman, and a black woman, who were in that same situation.
“Ms Davidson says the exhibit will focus on Belle and Aurora’s relationship.”
There are a few other scenes in the novel that focus on white women, and on their experiences with slavery, and how that affects them,” she continues.”
Those are stories that are very important to us, and to the history of the slave system.