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Ensemble - Prue Acton, `Barrier Reef Resort Wear', Printed Silk, 1986 Object Reg. No: SH 942075

This outfit was designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L in 1986, from printed sik designed by textile artist Deborah Leser. The Great Barrier Reef range came in several different Leser fabrics, and was one of the best sellers the Company had. A jumpsuit made of a similar fabric is photographed in the American Department store Neiman Marcus's Autumn 1986 magazine NM, as part of a feature on their `Australian Fortnight' promotions.
Three piece outfit of white silk printed with bold Barrier Reef fish motifs designed by Deborah Leser:

(1) Loose flowing overshirt with kimono style sleeves. Large shoulder pads.

(2) Bra top with appliqued fish across front. It is shapeless and is fastened at the back with 5 metal clasps.

(3) Rectangular piece of fabric with hemmed edges. Probably used as wrap-around skirt or sarong.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Prue Acton, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimension Comment: .1 L = 97cm, .2 L = 79cm, .3 L = 186cm W = 113cm

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Tagged with: clothing, fashion, fashion design, fashion industry, women s clothing, making history - prue acton, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: Prue Acton, Fashion Designer (1943- ), Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: Female
Tertiary Classification: ensembles
Inscriptions: (1) Label sewn into center back under collar: 2

(2) Labels sewn into inner back lining: 2, 5, 11
Artist: Ms Deborah Leser, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1986
Manufacturer: Prue Acton Pty. Ltd. (and/or Contractors), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1986
Designer: Ms Prue Acton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1986
References: RMIT collection Refer photographic negatives in RMIT Collection.

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