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wool, acetate (lining)
(a) 68.0 cm (centre back) 59.0 cm (sleeve length) (jacket)
(b) 93.0 cm (centre back) 38.0 cm (waist, flat) (dress)
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Bulgari Australia Pty Ltd, 2012
Gallery location
Mid 20th Century Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts & Paintings Gallery
Level 3, NGV International

In the 1960s interest in the space race manifested in art, architecture, design and fashion, with Pierre Cardin’s contributions some of the most striking within fashion. The 1960s focus on youth and freedom also resulted in straighter cutting and shorter skirts. These ideas converge in Cardin’s Jacket and dress. The short dress represents the 1960s focus on freedom and youth, and the Jacket’s sculptured collar has a space-age aesthetic of moulded forms that encircle the body.
This Alegra dress references artist Frida Kahlo, Mexican handicrafts and encounters between new and old worlds in a representation of contemporary Mexico. Capeto drew inspiration from her experience of visiting the country, seen in the strong colours and soft shapes of the collection.