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Suit - 'Status', Prue Acton, Navy Linen Viscose, 1988 Object Reg. No: SH 942059

This suit was designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L in 1988. It was worn by the donor to the 1988 Derby Day race meeting, with a straw hat (SH 942142.)

According to the donor, this is part of 'status' suit range, and was part of range developed from Prue Acton's 1988 Melbourne Cup outfit. Other versions were in different fabrics eg. wool with crocodile trim. The 'Status suit' range represented the rise of the corporate woman in the 1980's. Large shoulder pads typicalyl feature.
A two-piece navy linen-viscose two piece suit. Collarless with sash draping across front. The fabric has a sheen and very fine diagonal stripe weave. The lining is navy polyester.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Prue Acton, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 67.00 cm (Height)

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Tagged with: clothing, fashion, fashion design, fashion industry, women s clothing, horse racing, making history - prue acton, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: Prue Acton, Fashion Designer (1943- ), Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: Female
Tertiary Classification: ensembles
Inscriptions: Label inside back collar and inside back waistband: Prue Acton
Manufacturer: Prue Acton Pty. Ltd. (and/or Contractors), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1988
Designer: Ms Prue Acton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1988
User: Ms Prue Acton, 1988 or later
References: RMIT Collection

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