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Ensemble - Prue Acton, Australian National Costume, Miss Universe Competition, 1984 Object Reg. No: SH 942432

Four piece ensemble, consisting of a hand decorated coat, two piece body stocking and a lap-lap.

It was designed by Prue Acton and her team for 1984 Miss Universe Australian entrant Donna Rudrum for the Pageant held in Miami in July of that year. The design was not well received by the media of the day. It was originally worn with a necklace in the Museum's collection (SH 942323).
Four piece ensemble consisting of:

1 A loose fitting coat appliqued and painted with aboriginal and Australian motifs, predominantly in black, mustard, blue and white. Front opening with no fastening. Features the Sydney Opera House and harbour bridge on the front and Aboriginal style animals on the back.

2 Top part of brown body stocking decorated with hand-painted dots in Aboriginal style in mustard, black and white. .

3 Bottom part of brown body stocking, decorated as above with extra Aboriginal style motifs.

4 Brown leather lap-lap, leather strap and back & front joined with cord thonging which tie around the waist.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Prue Acton, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 126.00 cm (Height)
Dimension Comment: .2: 57.00 .3: 97.00

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Tagged with: clothing, fashion, fashion design, fashion industry, women s clothing, national costumes, beauty contests, cultural stereotypes, 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: ensembles
Inscriptions: Handwritten cloth label inside coat: "**PLEASE DO NOT/ IRON HAND PAINTED/ SECTIONS OF GARMENT"

Woven label inside neck of body stocking top: GOTCHA/ by BONDS/ 10 TO FIT BUST 80 CM SANITIZED
Manufacturer: Prue Acton Pty. Ltd. (and/or Contractors), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1984
Designer: Ms Prue Acton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1984
User: Ms Donna Rudrum, Miami, Florida, United States of America, 1984
Manufacturer: Bonds, Australia, 1984
References: RMIT Collection See Embroidery sample in RMI Collection.

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