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Dress - Prue Acton, Evening, Hand-painted Silk, 1977 Object Reg. No: SH 942040

This dress was designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L in 1977, from fabric handpainted by Mac Tomlinson. According to donor and magazine reports, theme was inspired by a poem written by Prue Acton whilst walking on the beach on holiday. There is a photograph in the RMIT archive of it being worn by a model on the Don Lane Show, during a segment hosted by Prue Acton.
Summer dress of two layers of off-white georgette, the outer layer decorated with fish and oyster motifs and sprinkled with glitter. The dress falls waistless from a satin camisole neckline and is held by shoe- string straps attached to the front centre. Dress is very full and loosely flowing, giving a very whispy feeling. Opening under one arm is fastened by 3 buttons. Handkerchief hem is mid-calf length.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Prue Acton, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 139.00 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 collar: Prue Acton/ AUSTRALIA

Labels sewn inside CB of neckline: 8, 28, 40, 41

Printed as part of pattern on fabric: The World is my Oyster
Artist: Mr Mac Tomlinson, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1977
Manufacturer: Prue Acton Pty. Ltd. (and/or Contractors), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1977
Designer: Ms Prue Acton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1977
References: RMIT collection Designer Rae Ganim; refer photographic transparencies in RMIT Collection.

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