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Ensemble - Prue Acton, Ice Blue Wool Crepe, circa 1987 Object Reg. No: SH 942062

This outfit was designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L circa 1987. According to the donor, it was originally worn with a shirt and jumper. 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. The wool crepe fabric was specially woven in Australia by A-Weave (later called Macquarie.)
This outfit consists of a long blue coat and long blue skirt:

(1) Ankle length powder blue coat in fine wool crepe. Double breasted with two buttons in grey satin. The collar is also in grey satin. Two large flap pockets are on the front and there is a kick pleat at the back. The coat is lined with blue/grey polyester and there are large shoulder pads.

(2) Matching ankle length straight skirt with four knife pleats at back, stitched midway and falling loosely from a horizontal tab.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Prue Acton, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 130.00 cm (Height)
Dimension Comment: .2: 86.00

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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: Label inside back collar and inside back waistband: Prue Acton

Labels back of coat collar: 2, 11, 14, 7

Labels at skirt waistband: 2, 11, 14, 7, 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

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