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Clothing & Textiles Collection
Image: Jacket - Blue Vinyl Mini
Source: Museum Victoria
This collection consists of clothing and textiles produced and used in historical and contemporary contexts in Victoria. It encompasses social history, design, manufacturing and craftsmanship.
Providing insight into the design, materials, manufacturing techniques and processes, and use and context of clothing and textiles in Victoria, it documents people's responses to their natural and built environments.
Clothing is broadly defined as anything that covers, adorns and accessorises the body. Textiles are broadly defined as vegetable, animal or synthetic materials enhanced by hand or machine to form threads, ropes and sheets of material that can be used to create other products.
Clothing and textiles are a significant form of material culture, and have also been acquired and interpreted in the context of other collection areas, such as Migration History, Childhood and Public Life.
- A comprehensive range of objects from several key Victorian manufacturers, some of which no longer exist, including the Simpson's Glove Factory and the Grenoble's glove collection.
- The 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.
- The Economic Botany Collection holds valuable 19th- and early 20th-century samples of both raw and manufactured textile materials.
- The Indigenous Cultures Collection includes a large range of clothing and textiles, including highly significant and unique 19th-century material.
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Notebook of patterns for use with the hand-powered flat-bed 'Preciosa' knitting machine manufactured by Wertheim (Germany) and retailed in Melbourne by Hugo Wertheim.Images: 1
Fragment of paper - probably a cigarette packet - containing knitting patterns for use with the Wertheim 'Preciosa' Flat-bed knitting machine. Possible written in the 1910s.Images: 2
Alternative Name(s): Table Cloth, DrawnThread Work White drawn thread table runner made by Henrietta Gibson (nee Walpole), mother of Ada Henrietta. It is likely to have been made aroud ...Images: 2
Notebook and loose notes of patterns for use with the hand-powered flat-bed 'Preciosa' knitting machine manufactured by Wertheim (Germany) and retailed in Melbourne by Hugo Wertheim. T ...Images: 14
Second class diploma designed by Eirene Mort (1879-1977) for the First Australian Exhibition of Women's Work Exhibition that was held at the (Royal) Exhibition Building in 1907. This di ...Images: 1
Supplement to a World War II era knitting book issued by Lever Bros. Pty Ltd under the Lux brand name, 1941. 'The Lux Book' contains a range of patterns for men, women and children; the ...Images: 5
Train timetable for the Broadmeadows Line in Melbourne, printed by Victorian Railways, 3 May 1915. This train timetable provides an example of the advertising used by the Leemings Boot ...Images: 2
Typewritten quotation for the supply and manufacture of curtains by Ball & Welch Limited, dated 6th April 1927. The quotation is addressed to Mrs H. V. McKay (Sarah Graves) of Toorak, ...Images: 2
Standard sewing machine bill of sale purchased by Mr J. Anderson from the Eastern Arcade, Melbourne, on 6 December 1883. Document consists of a small paper notebook containing payments ...Images: 6
One of two World War II era knitting books issued by Lever Bros. Pty Ltd under the Lux brand name, 1941. 'The Lux Book' contains a range of patterns for men, women and children; the 'L ...Images: 6