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Photograph - Ricardo Knitwear, Female Model Wearing a Woollen Coat & Dress, Melbourne, circa 1968 Image Reg. No: MM 107249

One of thirty-five photographs relating to Ricardo Knitwear fashion house. The garments in the photograph were designed by Richard Charlupski and made by Edda Azzola. Ricardo Knitwear was a Melbourne firm that specialised in expensive, classic knitwear for men and women. The company was based in Johnston Street, Collingwood and operated from 1958 to 1978. It was founded by Richard Charlupski, a Polish migrant who arrived in Australia in 1950.

Richard named the company 'Ricardo Knitwear' to play on the public perception that Italian knitwear was the finest in the world. While Richard had some workers in his factory much of the work was done by outworkers, of whom the most important was Edda Azzola, a migrant from Pontebba, Italy. Richard regarded Italian migrant women as the best workers in the knitwear industry and employed them exclusively. Ricardo knitwear was sold in Myer and David Jones department, top-end boutiques and the exclusive Georges department store.
Black and white photograph in a white card window mount.
Description Of Content:
Black and white studio photograph of a female model wearing an above the knee, sleeveless woollen dress and a knee-length double breasted woollen coat, which has been draped over one shoulder. The model is kneeling with her right leg extended to the side. The garments in the photograph were designed by Richard Charlupski and made by Edda Azzola of Ricardo Knitwear, Melbourne.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Richard Charlupski - Ricardo Knitwear, 2010
Copyright Pending: Australian Wool Innovation Limited
Source: Richard Charlupski
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 250 mm (Height), 195 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Photograph dimensions

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Tagged with: clothing, immigration, textile workers, wool industry, fashion designers, clothing trade, textile industry, fashion models, dressmaking
Themes this item is part of: Edda Azzola, Italian Migrant & Textile Worker, 1955, Richard Charlupski's Ricardo Knitwear Melbourne, Clothing & Textiles Collection
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: Female
Tertiary Classification: outerwear
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Designer of Item Depicted: Mr Richard Charlupski - Ricardo Knitwear, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, circa 1968
Manufacturer of Item Depicted: Mrs Edda Azzola, Reservoir, Victoria, Australia, circa 1968
Manufactured For: Ricardo Knitwear, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, circa 1968

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