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Ensemble - Prue Acton, `Poppies', Handpainted Silk Georgette, 1975 Object Reg. No: SH 942028

This outfit was designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L in 1975, from fabric handpainted by Rae Ganim. It is a one-off garment, and was exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria at the opening of the exhibition `Arts Victoria 1975' as part of a `Living Canvas' presentation (they were worn by living models.) Selected fashion designers were asked to present examples of their fashion philosophy for 1975 to complement the opening of the Schofield Collection of Costumes 1760-1939, which has recently been acquired by the Gallery.

The donor also stated that this garment was worn by a model at the Fasihion Industry of Australia Awards.
This layered outfit consists of a silk robe and a silk skirt:

(1) Full length robe with poppy motif on back RF and L shoulder. The gown is seamless, drapes from the shoulders and is fastened by ties under the arms and at the necklines. .

(2) Full-length wrap-around skirt printed with poppy motif. The waist-band forms a sash which ties at the side.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Prue Acton, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 145.00 cm (Height)

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Tagged with: art exhibitions, 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, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: Female
Tertiary Classification: ensembles
Artist: Ms Rae Ganim, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1975
Manufacturer: Prue Acton Pty. Ltd. (and/or Contractors), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1975
Designer: Ms Prue Acton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1975
Exhibitor: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1975
References: RMIT collection

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