Collection Online
rayon/silk velvet, silk (lining)
154.2 cm (centre back) 68.0 cm (sleeve length)
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mrs A. Varcoe-Cocks, 1968
Gallery location
Not on display
In April 1936, Weldon’s Good Taste wrote, ‘The dinner dress and the robe de cinema is ankle length, opening from neck to hem to reveal a foundation of different colour’. This Coat may be a robe de cinema, reflecting the social activities and pastimes that led to different types of dressing. ┬áIn the United States in 1930, an average of eighty million viewers attended the cinema every week. The Coat’s chevron effect, created from the vertically striped fabric, cites a strong Art Deco motif.
—text from Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion (Jan 1970)