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Shirt - Prue Acton, Ice Blue Silk, circa 1987 Object Reg. No: SH 942063

This shirt was designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L circa 1987. According to the donor, it was originally worn with a matching shirt, jumper and coat. The look was inspired by Prue Acton seeing English singer David Bowie in a pale blue suit. The colours were typical of the time, but half-tones in pastel (such as this blue/grey, described by the donor as Ice Blue) were an innovation.
Woman's long-sleeved silk shirt in pale blue/grey.Fabric is shiny on one side and matt on the other, so as the shirt consists of some panels reversed, there is a two-tone effect.. Collar and large cuffs show the shiny side, whilst the back is all matt. Front is fastened with seven concealed plastic buttons, and three hook-and-eyes. The shirt has shoulder pads, and 5 fabric labels sewn into the back collar.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Prue Acton, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 80.00 cm (Height)

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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: outerwear
Inscriptions: Label inside back collar: Prue Acton

Labels sewn into CB collar: 2, 5, 7, 11, 15
Manufacturer: Prue Acton Pty. Ltd. (and/or Contractors), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1985-1987
Designer: Ms Prue Acton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1985-1987
References: RMIT collection Refer photographic transparencies in RMIT Collection.

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