What is the Australian Dress Register?
The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative, online project about dress with Australian provenance. This includes men's, women's and children's clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday. Museums and private collectors are encouraged to research their garments and share the stories and photographs while the information is still available and within living memory. The Register encourages people to consider their collections very broadly and share what they know about members of their community, what they wore and life in the past. This provides access to a world wide audience while keeping their garments in their relevant location. More
This convict garment is a hip length, fitted although shapeless waistcoat made of coarse woolen cloth. Appraisals indicate that the wool originates from the Suffolk sheep breed, which produces strong, coarse fleece. The structure of the cloth is a plain weave, which has been felted. There is no clear indication ... More
Themes: Workwear, Everyday wear, Uniform
What the Australian Dress Register means to Justine Malinowski: "it's a tool to allow people to research what is out there in other people's collections"
This dress was made by Barbara Cottee (born 29 September 1931) in Sydney in 1951. It was made to complete the requirements of a 3-year dressmaking course at East Sydney Technical College. Barbara Cottee wore the dress twice. Once to a friend’s wedding in Ashfield in Sydney in 1951 and a year later for a ... More