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Actual Piece: Shift dress
from Collection and Inspiration 2001

silk organza, habotai silk, cotton thread, metallic embroidery thread
36.0 × 37.0 cm (folded)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 2001
Gallery location
Not on display
Actual Piece: Shift dress, 1998-99 (spring/summer). The shift dress is of bias cut ivory silk organza with red habotai silk half lining. The garment is folded in a loose square parcel with the front face showing the upper section of the dress from the rounded neckline to the waist. This face is folded to expose contrasting single and double layers of the ivory organza over the red lining at a diagonal angle from the shoulder seam to the hemline. In the (facing) right corner of the garment is a feature detail of a crane in densely executed silver metallic thread embroidery. A border of wide loose red running stitches follows the outside edge of the garment. The reverse face is a pattern of contrasting colours formed by the effect of layering folds of the dress. Border stitches appear in red cotton around edges.