Collection Online
silk, cotton, metal
173.0 cm (centre back) 37.0 cm (waist, flat)
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Miss I. B. Strachan, 1971
Gallery location
Gallery 6
Level 2, NGV Australia

Most historical garments acquired by the Gallery lack their original undergarments. This necessitates intimate investigations in order to achieve the correct silhouette (and make the right impression) for the purposes of display. While major stylistic changes in Victorian women’s fashions give general clues to the shapes required underneath, detailed knowledge of construction techniques and pattern-making practices are also essential to make the works sit correctly. Sometimes size is also a challenge, and many works require strategically placed padding to fill out the garment to its original wearer’s proportions.

—text from Fashion Detective (May 2014)