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Outfit: Habanero halter top, Pacific pleats skirt, Hibiscus, feather and Pule headpiece and Towards a ship of new arrivals... necklace

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}

Medium
polyester, video tape, transparent synthetic polymer resin, vinyl, cotton thread, mother-of-pearl
Measurements
(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
Inscription
(a) label, centre back, woven in gold on red acetate: DORIS DE PONT / MADE IN NEW ZEALAND / 1
(b) label, centre back, woven in gold on red acetate: DORIS DE PONT / MADE IN NEW ZEALAND / 1
(c) none
(d) none
(e) engraved: REFLECTIONS IN CITY WINDOWS SHOWED ME PEOPLE / WALKING TOWARDS A SHIP OF ARRIVALS BEARING GIFTS / TO THE SEA ONE CHILD THREW WHAT/ LOOKED LIKE DRAWINGS OF BIRDS / MORPHING INTO BURNT SIENNA HOUSES
(f) none
Accession Number
2008.248.a-f
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased NGV Foundation, 2008
© Doris de Pont
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Professor AGL Shaw AO Bequest
Gallery location
Mid 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Physical description
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.