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Costume - Madge Frettlby, Dark Blue, `The Mystery of A Hansom Cab', Burberry Entertainment, 2012 Object Reg. No: HT 32676

Image courtesy of Burberry Entertainment / ABC / Film Victoria

Dark blue and black custom made late 19th Century style women's costume used in the production of `The Mystery of a Hansom Cab' telemovie, filmed in Melbourne in 2012 by local production company Burberry Entertainment.

It was worn by Australian actor Jessica de Gouw, who played the role of Madge Frettlby, and designed by costume designer Wendy Cork, with costume supervisor Christiana Plitzco. The clothing and the head wear were tailor made in Sydney. The black beading on the bodice is antique, and was purchased from a vintage clothing store in Sydney.

The film is based on the book of the same name, self published in 1886 by its author Fergus Hume. It was produced by Margot McDonald and directed by Shawn Seet, with executive producer Ewan Burnett.

Televised on the ABC in October 2012.
The costume consists of ten pieces: blue bodice with black beading around neckline; blue skirt trimmed in black velvet; blue jacket trimmed with black binding and lace; blue and black hat with feathers and a blue velvet bow; blue aigrette (hair ornament) made of netting, feathers and a blue stone; calico corset; calico bustle; blue bustle cover with black bows, rosettes and fringing; and a pair of ladies black leather and suede lace-up boots.
Statement Of Significance:
`The Mystery of a Hansom Cab' collection, of which this object is a part, is an important addition to the current collection, as it succinctly documents one local television production, through artefacts and documentation. It represents the thousands of hours of television that have been filmed in Melbourne since its introduction in 1956. It is also a great representation of how the city's history has been portrayed on screen.

It represents literary Melbourne, as a screen adaptation of one of our most iconic and successful 19th Century books; a book which uses the city, its streets and its buildings as one of its characters.

The handmade costumes, the majority of which were made in Melbourne, represent the output of the city's bespoke tailors and clothing manufacturers, a small number which still exist today.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Burberry Entertainment, 2012
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: headwear, australian television industry, crime, performers, television production, literature, tailoring, television industry
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Information & Communication Collection, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Television Programming & Production
Tertiary Classification: costumes
Designer: Ms Wendy Cork, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2011-2012
Maker: Mr Terry Thorley, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2011-2012

Maker of clothing part of costume.
Maker: Ms Rosie Boylan, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia, 2011-2012

Maker of the head wear parts of the costume.
Made For: Burberry Entertainment, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2011-2012
User: Ms Jessica de Gouw, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2012

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