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Dress - Prue Acton Evening, Rose Taffetta, 1980 Object Reg. No: SH 942416

This dress was designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L in 1980.

A similar garment was part of the costumes worn by American actress Barbara Parkins in the Australian film ' Breakfast in Paris', released in 1981. Unfortunately during filming the original dress caused problems because of the rustling noise of the skirt was picked up in sound recording. Parkins, who played the leading female role, loved the clothes and asked to keep them for herself to "show off around the world".

A masking tape label was removed from back of inside bodice '1980'DATE TO BE PHONED THROUGH/FROM PRUE' indicating garment used in her 25th Anniversary Parade in 1988.
Grey, green and pink shot taffeta strapless evening dress with rose patterns on bodice and lower circular skirt. The dress is fitted at the waist and zip fastened at the back.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Prue Acton, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 98.00 cm (Height)

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Tagged with: clothing, fashion, fashion design, fashion industry, films, making history - prue acton, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Prue Acton, Fashion Designer (1943- )
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: Female
Tertiary Classification: outerwear
Inscriptions: Labels sewn into centre back: 1, 37, 41, 124
Manufacturer: Prue Acton Pty. Ltd. (and/or Contractors), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1980
Designer: Ms Prue Acton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1980
References: RMIT Collection

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