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Sandals - Prue Acton & Opat Bros, Beige with Painted Flowers Object Reg. No: SH 942212

Pair of woman's beige sandals handpainted with silver, grey and red flowers. Leather straps along top of foot and behind ankle. 9cm heel covered in leather. Made by Prue Acton P/L and Opat Bros, some time between 1960 and 1990. Worn by the donor, Prue Acton, in Melbourne.

Museum Victoria's Prue Acton Collection is of national significance as a record of the career of one of Australia's leading fashion designers from the 1960s to the 1980s. Prue Acton studied textile design at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in the late 1950s to early 1960s, and her parents John and Gwen Acton used their own money to establish Prue Acton's fashion business in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, in 1963. Her designs were soon at the forefront of Australia's fashion industry. Prue Acton was part of a new wave of designers who appropriated designer fashion and haute couture for a wider market. She developed the business into a leading national and international brand enterprise.
Pair of woman's beige sandals hand-painted with silver, grey and red flowers. Leather straps along top of foot and behind ankle. 9cm heel covered in leather. Lining and sole also leather. Decorative feather at front.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Prue Acton, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 13.00 cm (Height)

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Tagged with: clothing, fashion, fashion design, fashion industry, women s footwear, making history - prue acton, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: Female
Tertiary Classification: footwear
Inscriptions: Printed inside soles in gold: Prue/Acton. Stamped into soles: MADE BY/OPAT BROS./LEATHER QTR. LINING/LEATHER UPPER /LEATHER SOLE. Stamped underneath soles: GENUINE/LEATHER.
Manufacturer: Opat Bros., Australia, 1960-1990
Commissioned By: Prue Acton Pty Ltd, Australia, 1960-1990
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1960 or later
References: RMIT Collection

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