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cotton, silk
141.0 cm (centre back) 69.0 cm (sleeve length)
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by Mrs A. G. Pringle, 1982
© Le Louvre, Melbourne and Lillian Wightman
Gallery location
Not on display
About the work
Lillian Wightman established her boutique Le Louvre in Howie Place about 1929 before moving to 74 Collins Street. Le Louvre modelled itself on the grand couture houses of Paris and was the first boutique to import labels such as Chanel into Melbourne. Wightman also designed exclusive garments for Le Louvre's own label, including this stunning evening coat, c. 1935. The designer's skillful articulation of the complex collar and subtle gathering of the shoulder and sleeve construction have resulted in a sophisticated 3-D form.