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(a) 126.0 cm (centre back) 33.5 (waist, flat) (dress)
(b) 41.0 cm (centre back) 73.0 cm (sleeve length) (bolero)
(c) 88.0 cm (outer circumference) 14.2 cm (height) 14.0 cm (depth) (hat)
Place/s of Execution
London, England
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1999
Gallery location
Not on display
(a) The dress in cotton has an overall printed pattern of red love hearts pierced with an arrow, entirely covered with white polka dots on a plain brown ground. Styled with short capped sleeves, a V-neckline, and a cut-away back, the dress has a wide waist band panel with the skirt constructed from four flared panels. The dress fastens down the centre back with a zipper. (b) The matching bolero overlays the dress like a fitted cropped bodice. The V-neckline plunges to under the bust-line where it fastens with a single covered button. The bolero has full-length sleeves that are pleated and padded at the shoulder, and deep cuffs fastened with three covered buttons. The garment is shaped close to the body with a half-belt attached to the back, threaded through two loops. (c) The matching hat has a dome shaped crown, made from two panels. The stiffened brim slopes away from the crown. Lined in brown polyester, the brim is also reinforced with brown grosgrain ribbon.