Collection Online
wool, cashmere, silk, glass beads, plastic sequins
(a) 38.0 cm (centre back) 45.0 cm (sleeve length) (jacket)
(b) 56.0 cm (centre back) 61.0 cm (sleeve length) (jumper)
(c) 83.5 cm (centre back) 57.0 cm (waist, flat) (overskirt)
(d) 107.0 cm (centre back) 35.0 cm (waist, flat) (skirt)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
(a-b) label, centre back neckline, woven in white on black acetate: Akira
(c-d) label, centre back waist, woven in white on black acetate: Akira
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Kaiser Bequest, 2000
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
(a) The bolero style jacket of green woollen tweed is cut with cropped shallow sleeves. The tweed is hand embroidered with tendrils, leaves and flowers in red silk. The flowers are accented with red glass beads, the petals infilled with translucent red sequins and opalescent glass beads. The spiralling stems are made with red glass bugle beads. The jacket is fully lined with pale green silk shot with red. (b) The jumper is of pale green cashmere, the neckline, lower edge and cuffs are finished with a scalloped edge. (c) The overskirt of pale green organza is cut like an apron, fastening with two ties at the side. The overskirt is decorated with rows of horizontal pleating. (d) The skirt is of burgandy tweed with matching beaded and sequined floral pattern. It has a low waist and the back is formed with two open triangular fins, fastening at the centre back with a zip fastener. Lined with yellow silk.