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wool, acetate, cotton (organdie), cotton (poplin), metal (buttons), plastic (buttons)
(a) 56.0 cm (centre back) 62.0 cm (sleeve length) (jacket)
(b) 79.5 cm (centre back) 67.0 cm (sleeve length) (blouse)
(c) 69.5 cm (centre back) 36.0 cm (waist, flat) (skirt)
Place/s of Execution
London, England; Ireland
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Janet Purves, Member, 1996
Gallery location
Not on display
Jacket, skirt and blouse from the Cafe Society collection. (a) The cropped grey wool jacket is fitted at the waist and flaring at the hips. The front fastens with two signature buttons joined by a short chain, the sleeves are gathered at the shoulder with a shawl style collar and sloping shoulder line. A curved hem line on front panels with two small pockets following the same line. Lined in pale pink acetate. (b) The Edwardian style blouse in black and white striped transparent organdie, buttons centre front with amber coloured buttons, and is pleated from the waistline to create a blouson effect. The bottom section and the back panel are in white cotton poplin. The full sleeves, have a puff section above long button-up fitted cuffs. (c) The grey wool tulip-shaped wrap skirt has a crossover section, fastening at the back with two signature metal buttons. The front panel curves at the hemline. The skirt is softly gathered at waistband creating an exaggerated contour for the 'bum' bustle to be worn underneath. Lined in a combination of the wool used for the main body of the skirt and a panel of pale pink acetate.