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Suit - Prue Acton, Navy Polyester, `Scrunch & Drape', Melbourne Cup, 1988 Object Reg. No: SH 942055

This suit was designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L in 1988. Worn by donor to the 1988 Melbourne Cup with a blue straw trilby hat (Sh 942141.) Acccording to the donor, the theme was based on 'Scrunch and Drape' effects to give shape and texture. Prue Acton's Melbourne Cup clothing was specially designed for her to draw attention to Australian designers and in particular her forthcoming winter range.

According to the donor, this is an example of the 'Status suit' range, which represented the rise of the corporate woman in the 1980's. Large shoulder pads typical feature, and it depicts 'power dressing combined with the feminine "female taleur"'
This outfit consists of a navy polyester top and skirt:

(1) Navy long-sleeved synthetic jacket with collarless round neckline. The jacket is fitted at waist and hips, the left side is lower than the right. Fabric is draped in a rippled effect running diagonally from top to bottom, both front and back. The front opening is to the right of centre and conceals six pearl grey buttons, three press studs and one hook and eye fastener. Shoulder pads are attached inside the black polyester lining. .

(2) Matching straight knee length skirt with back zip and kick pleat. The lining is black polyester.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Prue Acton, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimension Comment: Length - Jacket 65 cms, Skirt 61 cms.

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Tagged with: clothing, fashion, fashion design, fashion industry, horse racing, melbourne cup racing carnival, 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: Label inside back collar and inside back waistband: Prue Acton

Label inside back jacket neckline: 1
Manufacturer: Prue Acton Pty. Ltd. (and/or Contractors), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1988
Designer: Ms Prue Acton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1988
User: Ms Prue Acton, Flemington, Victoria, Australia, 1988 or later
References: RMIT Collection

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