Collection Online
silk, Vilene, acetate, nylon, polyester, metal, cotton
(a) 130.0 cm (centre back) 33.0 cm (waist, flat) (evening gown)
(b) 114.0 cm (centre back) 33.0 cm (waist, flat) (petticoat)
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mrs Adrian Lowe, 2005
Gallery location
Not on display
(a) Rose pink, raw silk evening gown featuring a strapless, fitted bodice and full skirt combining hand-ruched and pleated fabric treatments. The bodice has a band of five rows of pleated folds encircling the body, above a separate panel of three-dimensional hand-ruched and puckered silk. The full circular skirt features identical ruching across the side and main rear fabric sections framed by seven curvilinear rows of pleating. These rows originate from an overlapping point at centre front waist and then descend to form a wide solid panel encircling the hemline. The overlapping panels create a raised hemline at centre front. The gown fastens at rear with long metal zip and hook and eye. The gown is fully lined with a pale pink acetate lining and panel of wide nylon netting around the hemline. The inside bodice has soft padded falsies sewn between the lining and the gown. Worn with separate black ruffed Vilene petticoat (b) Black ruffled Vilene petticoat has three large frills that have been sewn onto an A-line skirt. At the top of each frill is a 6.0 cm wide row of stiff nylon. The centre front hem has been cut higher to follow the design of the dress. The waist is finished with a row of cotton tape and centre front is fastened with a 21.0 cm zip and one hook and eye. Either side of the waist are two cotton loops for later hanging.