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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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Sign which hung in the front window of the Special O drapery store in Station Street Lalor, from the time it opened in July 1966. The store was established by John and Barbara Woods nin ...Images: 2
Lined sheet of note paper listing the items made for, or sent as gifts to, soldiers during World War I by a Mrs J. Davis. She lists grey and brown slippers, face washers, linen and 'old ...Images: 1
Letter on lined note paper from a wounded infantryman during World War I, addressed to a Mrs James Davis. According to the letter the soldier was wounded by a German machine gun, resul ...Images: 1
Hand-written letter on stationery from the Australian Branch of the British Red Cross Society, written by Driver E. D. Ross to Mrs J. Davis during World War I. The letter was written b ...Images: 1
Hand-written letter on stationary from the Presbyterian Soldiers' Institute, written by Private Donald Patience to Mrs Davis during World War I. The letter was written by Private (late ...Images: 1
Grey paper label from Madison brand packaging exclusively designed and manufactured by Gloweave for Roger David Menswear stores. Gloweave is a Melbourne-based company established in 19 ...Images: 1
Edda Azzola's reference book in which she sketched drawings of clothes in consultation with clothing designer and made notes as to design, style, sizes and execution in Italian, circa 1 ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
Booklet titled 'The Australian Boot Trade Employees' Federation, Rules, By-laws and Standing Orders' printed by Fraser & Jenkinson, Melbourne in 1937. The booklet was used by someone na ...Images: 3
Buckley & Nunn 1958-59 clothing pattern catalogue. The donor's aunt worked at the Prestige Lingerie, Donald Street, Brunswick, she also made clothes at home for family and friends, usin ...Images: 1
Contribution card detailing Union Meetings in 1951-1952, fees and contributions for members of the The Australian Leather and Allied Trades Employees' Federation, Victorian Branch.Images: 1