Collection Online
silk organza, glass beads
(a) 116.0 cm (centre back) 67.0 cm (waist flat) (dress)
(b) 45.0 cm (centre back) 57.0 cm (width across shoulders) (caplet)
Place/s of Execution
(a-b) label, centre back, woven in white on black acetate: akira
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gerstl Bequest, 2001
© Courtesy of the artist
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Professor AGL Shaw AO Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
(a) The sleeveless A-line dress is constructed with four layers of organza in graduated shades of pink. Each layer has a hand cut scalloped edge, which is slightly frayed. Attached to the fourth layer is a border formed from seven layers of organza in graduated shades of pink, with hand cut scalloped edge. The dress fastens with a zipper at the centre back. (b) The caplet is made with off-white organza and has a deep curved front edge, which graduates up towards the centre back. The caplet is entirely covered with a dense layer of organza flowers formed with several layers of scalloped petals the uppermost layer stencilled with mauve and red and decorated at the centre with a cluster of red and clear glass beads and red thread. The flowers are hand stitched to the organza ground of the caplet. The caplet fastens at the centre back with a single clear plastic press-stud.