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Evening Top & Pants - Prue Acton, `Broomstick', Pleated Silk, 1981 Object Reg. No: SH 942087

This top and pants were designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L in 1981. They were produced for overseas sale (Kanto, Japan, U.S.A.) The fabric was known as 'broomstick' design, produced by wrapping silk around broom handle and steaming.The fabric also came as a long-sleeved dress, a version of which was worn over pants in film 'Breakfast in Paris' (Australian/US production).

It was part of the range developed in conjunction with Prue Acton's 1980 Melbourne Cup outfit, with 'Byzantine' theme.
This is a two piece pleated sik outfit:

(1) Champagne coloured top in roughly pleated silk, decorared with criss-crossed straps at shoulder. Ends of straps hang down and are weighted with brass and plastic beads. Top is loose and sleeveless and edges have a decorative trim.

(2) Champagne coloured straight legged pants with elasticised waistband. Fabric is shiny silk or polyester.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Prue Acton, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimension Comment: Top 75 cms in length; Pants 105 cms in length.

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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: Labels on top: 5,11,12,28,30,31.

Handwritten label blue ink on white: 3329

Pink Prue Acton swing card detailing "Care of Garment" One side has printed specifications written in blue pen: style/ E3329/ 795E/ Top/ Size 8 (U.S.A.)/ Order/ sample/ colour/ champagne/ price/2 40

Labels on pants: 28,11,5,12, 32,31 and similar swing tag on pants. No price.
Manufacturer: Prue Acton Pty. Ltd. (and/or Contractors), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1981
Designer: Ms Prue Acton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1981
References: RMIT Collection

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