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1988 {The Sirens and the Graces Collection}

acetate, wool, polyester, plastic and metal
(a) 96.5 cm (centre back) 48.4 cm (sleeve length) (jacket)
(b) 63.0cm (centre back) 58.5 cm (sleeve length) (blouse)
(c) 45.5 cm (centre back) 34.5 cm (waist, flat) (skirt)
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
(a) label, centre back neckline, woven black on white polyester: SIRENS / MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA
(b) none
(c) label, left inner waistband, woven black on white polyester: SIRENS / MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased NGV Foundation, 2008
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Suit comprising matching jacket, straight skirt and blouse. a) Long navy blue and white wool/polyester pinstripe fitted and flared ‘riding’ jacket with high collar, long sleeves and false pockets. The jacket features a rounded shoulder line, drop sleeves and is fitted through to waist before flaring to a wide skirt section below hips. Fastens with six buttons down centre front with a further three buttons at each cuff. Lined in contrasting fabric of blue and red pinstripe on cream ground. b) Blouse of black pinstripe on cream ground with long sleeves, roll collar and six pearl coloured buttons fastening down centre front. Long sleeves feature gathered puff sleeve detail at shoulder line. c) Matching navy blue and white wool/polyester short straight skirt. Features ‘bustle’ panel at back hemline and large fabric tie bow. Fastens with short metal zip.