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  1. A girl's smocked romper suit. Design "Old Friend".
    1996

    The Embroiderers' Guild of WA Inc

    This romper was based on a pattern by Margaret Herzfeld in the 1990s for the "Australian Smocking and Embroidery" magazine and for smocking lessons. Through her teaching and publications, Margaret helped to keep the old skills alive, adapted them, and made them available to new generations when they were not longer taught in schools. She used her considerable talents to teach in Western Australia and interstate, designed original garments for “Australian Smocking and Embroidery" magazine and established a business making smocked garments ... more

  2. A young girl's smocked dress
    1997

    The Embroiderers' Guild of WA Inc

    In the 20th century, sewing was an integral part of the Educational Curriculum in schools throughout Australia and most girls learnt to smock. When these girls became mothers, this training was used to make items for the home and garments for the family. Hand embroidery was a pleasurable pastime and form of relaxation.    Post WWII, when jobs and resources were limited and scarce, there was neither the range nor variety of goods and those that were available, comparatively expensive.  Quality ... more

  3. 1930s Gertrude Mary Vile 'make-do-and-mend' dress
    1920 - 1930

    The Australian Museum of Clothing and Textiles

    The Gertrude Mary Vile Depression-era dress is a cream Fuji silk dress, with an Eton collar, a patch pocket and buttons down front, from the 1920s though patched into the 30s. Gertrude, who lived at Gosforth, a rural community about fourteen kilometres from Maitland, patched and darned what was initially a best dress into a house dress, and it survives Gertrude as a statement on the hardship the people of Maitland and Australia at large experienced during the Great Depression, ... more

  4. Printed linen housecoat
    1940 - 1945

    Buda Historic Home and Garden

    This housecoat leads us into the remarkable story of the Leviny family of Castlemaine. Ernest Leviny (1818-1905) was an Hungarian silversmith and jeweller of some repute who in 1853 travelled to the Victorian goldfields and became one of the wealthiest residents in town. In 1864 he married Englishwoman, Bertha Hudson, and they moved into 'Buda', now a historic house museum.  The Leviny's had 10 children, 4 boys and 6 girls. Five of their daughters lived at Buda House for most ... more

  5. Dress probably worn by Julia Johnston
    1836 - 1840

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This dress is an extremely rare and significant example of provenanced early colonial Australian dress. Dating from around 1838, it is believed to have been worn by Julia Johnston, the daughter of Lieutenant George Johnston. This dress is an excellent example of late 1830s fashion with its fitted bodice, dropped leg-o-mutton full sleeve and full skirt. The dress appears to have been professionally made with details of piping and precise embroidery worked on the skirt. Julia was born at Annandale ... more

  6. Boys dress worn by John Marsden
    1802 - 1803

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This dress was worn by John Marsden (1801 - 1803), the fourth of Reverend Samuel and Elizabeth Marsden's eight children. Reverend Samuel Marsden was an important figure in colonial Australia.  As the chaplain to New South Wales, Marsden endeavoured, with some success, to improve the standard of morals and manners.  This dress is a rare example of children's everyday wear from the early 1800s. Such an unassuming garment would not normally survive, but two-year-old John was wearing the dress when ... more

  7. Day dress made by David Jones Limited
    1890 - 1900

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This dress is significant as the earliest labelled David Jones outfit in the Powerhouse Museum's collection. It was made by David Jones in Sydney about 1895. Established in 1838, David Jones is the oldest department store in the world still trading today. By 1880, fashionable ready-made clothing could be bought from city department stores like David Jones and Anthony Horderns. Alternatively, a length of fabric could be bought and made up into an outfit like this one for the customer. ... more

  8. Ted Docker's Wool Suit and Scarf
    1930 - 1940

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    Ted Docker's suit is a fine example of Australian menswear from the 1930s. Ted Docker was a founding member of the Communist Party of Australia, formed in 1920. The suit is said to have been made by the Communist Party of Australia's own tailor, Tim Stillman, a suggestion supported by the fact that the suit is professionally made, yet has no label. The suit was donated to the Powerhouse Museum collections by Ted's son John Docker in 1991. Within the ... more

  9. Berlei remedial corset reference sample
    1932 - 1934

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This corset is part of the much larger Berlei Collection, which contains underwear and corsetry from 1869 to 1980s. Most of the underwear in the collection was designed and made by Berlei in either Australia or England, while pieces that predate the company were part of Berlei's own collection of historical undergarments. The Berlei Collection reflects the changing nature of women's fashion in Australia, and represents the history of a highly successful Australian company and all its achievements; from surviving ... more

  10. Berlei historic corset
    1885 - 1890

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This corset is part of the much larger Berlei Collection, which contains underwear and corsetry from 1869 to 1980s. Most of the underwear in the collection was designed and made by Berlei in either Australia or England. This corset predates the company and is thought to have been part of Berlei's own collection of historical undergarments. The Berlei Collection reflects the changing nature of women's fashion in Australia, and represents the history of a highly successful Australian company and all ... more

  11. Joseph Brady's white linen shirt
    1840 - 1849

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This garment is a well preserved example of a mid-nineteenth century Irish linen shirt. This shirt, as indicated by a handwritten laundry mark, was owned by Joseph Brady who is considered to be one of the most accomplished civil engineers to work in Australia during the nineteenth century. Brady was twenty-two years old when he came to Australia and eventually married Adelaide Sarah Keck, the daughter of the infamous Henry Keck who was the first Governor of Darlinghurst Gaol in ... more

  12. Myra Mogg's knitwear
    1932 - 1938

    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    This collection of Myra Mogg&rsquo;s knitwear, consisting of three jumpers, gloves, court shoes overlaid with knitting and a hat, is a superb example of fine hand knitting with Australian provenance, in excellent, near-mint condition. Ms Myra Mogg (1906-1967) of Mudgee was an <em>expert</em> knitter who designed and made her own clothes, often ensembles consisting a tunic, gloves and shoes. She had the ability to knit so fine it at times utterly bewildered judges of the annual shows and knitting competitions ... more

  13. Purple Grey Silk Women's Possible Half Mourning Dress
    1863 - 1865

    National Institute of Dramatic Art

    This purple grey day dress is estimated to originate from approximately 1863-65. It is the only possible half mourning dress in the NIDA Costume Research Collection and it was purchased from the Banana Room in Adelaide 1999. This garment is significant as it is an excellent example of possible mourning dress that is in good condition, and demonstrates good craftsmanship as the garment is sewn completely&nbsp;by hand. This dress has led to several points of research, which gave insight into ... more