LA PETITE, Melbourne (fashion house)<br />
Pat RODGERS (designer)<br />
Cocktail dress (c. 1955) <br />
silk, wool, cotton, metal, acetate<br />
116.0 cm (centre back) 31.0 cm (waist, flat)<br />
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br />
Gift of Mr J. O. Wicking, 1999<br />


Fashionable Melbourne of the 1950s

Free entry

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square

Ground Level

9 Aug 03 – 11 Jan 04

Celebrating fashionable life in Melbourne during the 1950s, this exhibition examines the influences and inspiration behind the creation and wearing of fashion during this popular decade. Key Australian designers and labels from the NGV Collection are showcased, including Le Louvre, Hall Ludlow, Linda Suchestow, La Petite, Georges and Lucas. Melbourne’s developing fashion identity is profiled alongside growing connections with American style and the continuation of a longstanding influence of British and French design.

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