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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.
Items per page: 10 50 (showing 51 - 60) 1979 items
Black enamel hand operated sewing machine, made in Berlin by Frister & Rossman circa 1899 to 1914. It was most likely sold in London during the same period by W. Pierssene who was the s ...Images: 7
Black Bathing Costume made in the late 1950s. It was worn by Renata Crea's mother Lidia who migrated to Australia from Italy in 1950 with her husband Guiseppe.Images: 1
Green Bathing Costume made in the late 1950s. It was worn by Renata Crea's mother Lidia who migrated to Australia from Italy in 1950 with her husband Guiseppe.Images: 1
Child's crown which forms part of a Latvian national costume which uses traditional patterns from the Dignaja Region. It was made by Aija Gross in Melbourne in the 1980s for Anita Apini ...Images: 1
Farm worker's smock (or Slop) brought to Australia from England (Rolvenden, Kent) by donor's great-grandmother, around 1883. The loose over-garment, covering the knees, is typical of th ...Images: 1
National doll produced to represent an Italian woman, it is one of 10 Italian National Dolls collected for Monica Gates by her mother during an overseas trip in the 1970s. These dolls r ...Images: 1
Small white men'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. This shop is ...Images: 2
Navy blue t-shirt with the Australian flag within a map of Australia and the slogan 'This Is Australia, we eat meat, we drink beer and we speak f#ckin' English!' It is one of three t-sh ...Images: 1
Australians Against Racism and Discrimination t-shirt produced in Sydney in 2009, to counteract racism in Australian society. It was sold through the social networking sites of MySpace ...Images: 1
Souvenir scarf produced for the Sitmar Cruise line, circa 1960s. It was probably made for sale in shipboard souvenir shops. This scarf is a good example of the sort of souvenirs produce ...Images: 2