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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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Singer 'Family A' model sewing machine, made in New York in 1859. This machine was bought by the donor's family in Australia in 1863 or 1864.Images: 1
Sign which hung outside the factory of Ricardo Knitwear in 108 Johnston Street, Collingwood. Ricardo Knitwear operated from 1958 to 1978 and specialised in expensive, classic knitwear f ...Images: 3
Feathers & Cylinder from the formal uniform of the Carabinieri, made and used circa 1900 - 1916. It belonged to Pasqualino Giordano born 12th July 1867 in Italy, a captain in the Beneve ...Images: 2
National doll produced to represent a German woman, it is one of 8 sent to Monica Gates by relatives in Germany for birthdays etc. Monica began receiving these dolls in 1959. This doll ...Images: 1
Soccer jersey with black and white stripes. The jersey comes from the Brunswick Zebras an under 18 girls soccer team made up of a diverse group of girls brought together in 2009. Under ...Images: 4
Dark green t-shirt with the Celtic Cross and the slogans 'Our race is our nation' and 'Celtic Warrior' printed in white on the front. An array of 'Celtic' weaponry is shown in yellow pr ...Images: 2
Size small white men's t shirt with the slogan "Proud European Australian" in black print on the front. Sold by the Politically Inc(correct) T-Shirts shop online. This shop is based in ...Images: 1
Size small light pink women's t shirt with an outline map of Australia with the word "Full!" in the centre. This t-shirt was sold by the Politically Inc(correct) T-Shirts shop online. T ...Images: 1
Hat box used by Pasqualino Giordano to store the hat from the formal uniform of the Carabinieri, made and used circa 1900-1916. Pasqualino Giordano was born 12th July 1867 in Italy. Pas ...Images: 1
Cream Satin hat, brought to Australia by Angela Simeoni [nee Beltrame], wife of Massimo Simeoni, when she migrated to Australia in 1939. Angela was born on 31 August 1908 in the town of ...Images: 2