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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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National doll produced to represent a Dutch woman. It was given to Monica Gates circa1970s-1980s. While the doll is female the costume of this doll is typical of men's folk dress in the ...Images: 3
National doll produced to represent a French woman. It was given to Monica Gates, circa 1970s-1980s. The long skirt, apron, blouse and shawl worn by this doll were common components of ...Images: 3
Men's x-small short-sleeved shirt made by Mambo circa 2003. The shirt is called 'Refugees' and was designed by Gerry Wedd, as part of the Mambo 'Loud Shirt' range. Gerry Wedd designed f ...Images: 2
Orange sari, embroidered with floral pattern enhanced with sequins and metallic thread. Worn by Hazra Bibi at her wedding in Suva, Fiji, in 1977, at the age of 17. It was an arranged ...Images: 1
Patchwork quilt brought to Australia by Isabella Falconer Murray Spence (born 1831) when she migrated from Forfar Scotland with her husband David Spence in 1853. Isabella was the daught ...Images: 7
Alternative Name(S): Bathing Trunks, Bathers, Swimmers, Swimming Costume Blue woollen male bathing costume with belt, size 32, labelled 'Myer Store for Men'. Found in a house belonging ...Images: 2
'The Leather Specimen Book', by Frederic W. La Croix, 3rd edition. Published by Pfister & Vogel Leather Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America, 1917. The book contains 7 p ...Images: 9
Cardboard hat box from Myer Chadstone, with removable cardboard lid which is decorated with printed scenes of the shopping centre. This hat box was produced for the Myer Chadstone depa ...Images: 2
Beanie was produced by Parks Victoria in July 2009 to be given to volunteers in the Leadbeater's Possum supplementary feeding program. The February 2009 Black Saturday bushfires destroy ...Images: 1
Pale green linen supper cloth with embroidered ship, ship name and passenger signatures, possibly made by Elizabeth Long in whose house the cloth was found. It is a hand embroidered mem ...Images: 9