The Mayor with Flair: Exhibition

The Mayor with Flair, an exhibition of fabulous outfits worn by former mayor Allan Aughey OAM, is on display at the Clare Art House. I went to the opening on Friday night and went back the next day to take photos.

Allan was mayor here in the Clare & Gilbert Valleys, South Australia, for 12 years. He was well known for his outfits as well as his passion for regional development and the arts.

Long-time blog readers may remember I interviewed Allan back in 2017 while he was still mayor. We could have talked about clothes all day! But he had mayor things to do. He stopped being mayor in 2018 so he could be with his family more.

In his speech at the exhibition’s opening, Allan Aughey claimed he only has pajamas and undies left at home, because everything else is on display at the gallery. However, I have it from reliable sources that not even a third of his sartorial riches are in the exhibition.

Allan Aughey at exhibition
Clearly he still had awesome outfits handy – this is his ensemble for the opening. The trousers were in the same fabric as the jacket.

At the exhibition there were two large scrapbooks to look through, full of newspaper clippings from his time as mayor. Although many clippings were in black and white, it’s clear to see he started off dressing fairly conservatively, then there were the Colour Blocking years, before a riot of pattern and print took over most of his outfits.

My blog interview had been put in the scrapbook too – and they thought the title was so brilliant they used it for the exhibition!

Here are some gems from the exhibition…..

This suit by Etro was worn in London for the Tweed Run.
And here he is wearing it.
Australia Day outfit
For wearing at Australia Day bbqs, obviously.
Loudmouth jackets
Some of these are Loudmouth – a golf brand from the USA that sells bright and outrageous gear.
Note: all with matching sunglasses.
A selection of checks, stripes and tweed….
…with appropriate headwear.
Tour Down Under jacket
This jacket was worn by Allan when Clare hosted the Tour Down Under, a cycle race that takes place in January.
The jacket is 100% polyester, so it must have been a sweatbox!
Here he is wearing it, from a newspaper clipping.
Lance Armstrong signature on jacket
It was famously signed by Lance Armstrong.
Black and white check jacket
The second time the Tour Down Under came through Clare (2012?), he wore this jacket. It was custom-made by a local seamstress.
We attended this event at the finish line (with a baby and toddler) – I remember the jacket, and that it was a hot day but very exciting to watch the cyclists come through.
Allan Aughey Tour Down Under
Here it is being worn.
Allan Aughey's brightly coloured jacket and matching artwork
Allan wore this to open the Rotary Art Exhibition. So appropriate!
Dressing gowns
Some lounging attire.
The one on the left is by New & Lingwood, only one of two in existence (the other is owned by a famous English rockstar).
The one on the right is by Emma Willis, shirt maker to Prince Charles.
Even more fabulous lounging attire (if this is something that one lounges in), a silk chiffon kimono from Yoshinaga.
How did he acquire THIS? It’s a London Guard uniform, complete with boots.
London guard uniform
As worn here by a real London guard.
He wore it to the opening of the Friendship Torii (Clare is twin cities with Bizen, Japan; this commemorated 25 years). It was a wildly wet day!
Allan Aughey's shoes
There were shoes….
Allan Aughey's shoes
…and more shoes.
In his speech, Allan noted how hard it is to get interesting-looking shoes for men.
And a collection of cuff links. Details count!

There’s plenty more on display – t-shirts, trousers, ties and more. If you’re in the Clare area or passing through on holidays, I highly recommend visiting.

The Mayor with Flair is on until May 22nd at the Clare Art House, 8 Mill St, Clare. The gallery is open 10.30am-3pm daily except Tuesdays. Entry is free.



  1. Denise on April 10, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    This looks fabulous. Almost worth travelling all the way to Clare to see. Thanks for all the photos.

    • lizhaywood on April 10, 2022 at 9:49 pm

      Yes, it’s a beaut exhibition, with so many interesting things.

  2. Linda Hobden on April 11, 2022 at 3:04 am

    Wonderful Liz, and I read your interview with Allan too. Enjoyed this ‘tour’ from my breakfast table in Salmon Arm, B.C., Canada all the way to Australia ☀️. So nice to see a man embracing such a personal, eclectic style!

    • lizhaywood on April 11, 2022 at 8:07 am

      Thanks for reading, Linda. I love that he wears COLOUR!

  3. Carol in Denver on April 11, 2022 at 4:32 am

    What an amazing expression of the man! Thank you for bringing a bit of Australia to Denver, Colorado, USA.

    • lizhaywood on April 11, 2022 at 8:06 am

      Cheers Carol! He’s greatly missed as mayor.

  4. Helen Sherriff on April 11, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    How wonderful! Thanks for letting us know. A good reason to visit Clare.

    • lizhaywood on April 13, 2022 at 8:30 pm

      Cheers Helen! It’s a wonderful exhibition. Clare is lovely in autumn 🙂

  5. Ingrid on April 12, 2022 at 9:21 am

    I love this! I’m in a senior role in my day job and always wear lots of colour; I get a lot of comments about my clothes. So nice to see someone else brave enough to do this and with such flair. Amazing wardrobe. Might have to think about a trip up there this weekend to see it.

    • lizhaywood on April 13, 2022 at 11:22 pm

      Thanks Ingrid 🙂 Yes, amazing wardrobe, and it’s so nice to see someone really enjoying clothes.

  6. Mary Warner on April 25, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Allan is one memorable mayor with those outfits. Wowza, they are wonderful!

    • lizhaywood on April 25, 2022 at 8:44 am

      Sure is! and greatly missed too.

  7. Gaynor Evans on May 3, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    Stunning and brilliant! Love the styles and the colours – and the fact that in this time of mass-produced just about everything, there are still only two in existence of the N&L dressing gown! If I had guessed, I would reckon that Tim Rogers would be the rock star who owns the other one, but he’s not English. I bet he would covet it, though!

    • lizhaywood on May 3, 2022 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks for reading Gaynor. Yes, a wonderful clothes collection.
      We speculated that David Bowie might be the other dressing gowns owner?

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