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Outfit: Habanero halter top, Pacific pleats skirt, Hibiscus, feather and Pule headpiece and Towards a ship of new arrivals... necklace
2003 {Let’s gather here collection, winter 2004}

polyester, video tape, transparent synthetic polymer resin, vinyl, cotton thread, mother-of-pearl
(a) 55.0 cm (centre back) 37.0 cm (waist, flat) (top)
(b) 97.0 (centre back) 37.5 cm (waist, flat) (skirt)
(c) 25.0 cm (height) 46.0 cm (waist, flat) (titi)
(d) 7.5 × 18.0 × 29.0 cm (headpiece)
(e) 28.5 × 18.0 × 1.6 cm (necklace)
(f) 4.0 × 8.0 × 7.5 cm (bangle)
Place/s of Execution
Auckland, New Zealand
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased NGV Foundation, 2008
Gallery location
Not on display
Outfit from the 'Let's gather here' collection. The halter neck top and sunray pleated skirt are made from a white stretch polyester tulle which has been hand-printed with a design drawn from an artwork by John Pule. The top crosses over at the front and is seamed at the left proper side. The skirt has an elasticized waist and the outfit is worn with a titi (dance skirt) made of black video tape, a moulded Perspex headpiece made by Margo Barton, a Perspex bracelet printed with a Pule design and a necklace made by Sofia Tekela-Smith titled 'Towards a ship of arrivals...' using wax cotton thread and featuring a large mother-of-pearl piece engraved with poetry by John Pule.