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Dress - Prue Acton, Evening, Gumleaf, Tafetta & Organza, 1982 Object Reg. No: SH 942067

This dress was designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L in 1982. It was the retail version of the dress made for Prue Acton to wear to a fancy dress ball the previous year.

In 2005, it was used in a fashion parade at the Sydney Convention Centre. on January 21st, to lauch the Australia Post Legends series that year, featuring six Australian fasthion designers, including Prue Acton.

In 2011, it was used in the `Fashion Full Stop' show, held at The Plenary, Melbourne Exhibition and Covention Centre on March 14th, to launch the 2011 Melbourne Fashion Festival. It was worn by model Ivana during the opening segment entitled `Australiana', which featured performer Guy Sebastian singing the INXS song `New Sensation'.

A verison of the dress in white was a very popular export to the U.S.
Ankle length tafetta and organza evening dress consisting of gumleaf shaped pieces of fabric in green, brown, and burgundy. Boned bodice is strapless with machine embroidery suggesting vertical leaves, the ends of which are handpainted in grey. Tafetta skirt of overlapping 'leaves', with green organza underskirt of same construction. Tafetta panels decorated with machine embroidery, organza inserts and 3-dimensional cocoon to suggest real leaves. Fastened at the back with a zip. Fabric labels sewn into back of bodice.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Prue Acton, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 110.00 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 bodice: Prue Acton

Labels sewn into UBC of bodice: 1/ 5/ 11/ 12/ 13
Manufacturer: Prue Acton Pty. Ltd. (and/or Contractors), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1982
Designer: Ms Prue Acton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1982
References: RMIT collection

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