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Ensemble - Prue Acton,`Byzantium', Melbourne Cup, 1980 Object Reg. No: SH 942096

This outfit was designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L in 1980. It was worn by the donor to the 1980 Melbourne Cup. It iis made of Byzantia print fabric. According to the donor, the pants were purchased oversized and modified to complete ensemble.

Prue Acton's Melbourne Cup clothing was specially designed for her to draw attention to Australian designers and in particular to her forthcoming winter range.
Three piece white ensemble consisting of a jacket, top and pants:

(1) Beige silk jacket in Bizantian print of pale green and brown tones. The front fastening consists of many small covered buttons which fasten with loops. The mandarin collar, shoulders and sleeve cuffs are decorated with brass studs.

(2) Silk Bizantian print camisole top with shoestring straps.

(3) Brown suede Claude Montana pants decorated with brass studs.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Prue Acton, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimension Comment: Lengths: .1 - 67 cms; .3 - 108 cms; .2 - 57 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
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 jacket: 28/ 11/ 5/ 12

Labels on top: 15/ 11/ 96

Labels on pants, printed black on cream: CLAUDE MONTANA/ pour/ IDEAL-CUIR/ MADE IN PARIS FRANCE
Manufacturer: Prue Acton Pty. Ltd. (and/or Contractors), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1980
Designer: Ms Prue Acton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1980
Designer: Mr Claude Montana, Paris, France, 1980
User: Prue Acton, Flemington, Victoria, Australia, 1980
References: RMIT Collection

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