This outfit was designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L in 1987. It was worn by Acton to the 1987 Melbourne Cup. It was worn with the leather bag and straw hat also in the Museum's collection. The theme was based on design of the Dressmaker Dummy, hourglass silhouette.

Prue Acton's Melbourne Cup clothing was specially designed for her to draw attention to Australian designers and in particular her forthcoming winter range.

Physical Description

This is a two piece outfit in black linen, consisting of a jacket and skirt: (1) Fitted 'redingote style' linen jacket in black with brown and gold stripes. Ornate gold Cornely embroidery follows the collar line and back of garment. The lining is cream polyester. The front is fastened with decorative fabric buttons. The shoulders are padded. (2) Matching straight skirt lined with black polyester and slit at the back.

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