This outfit was designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L in 1975, from fabric handpainted by Rae Ganim. It is a one-off garment, and was exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria at the opening of the exhibition `Arts Victoria 1975' as part of a `Living Canvas' presentation (they were worn by living models.) Selected fashion designers were asked to present examples of their fashion philosophy for 1975 to complement the opening of the Schofield Collection of Costumes 1760-1939, which has recently been acquired by the Gallery.

The donor also stated that this garment was worn by a model at the Fasihion Industry of Australia Awards.

Physical Description

This layered outfit consists of a silk robe and a silk skirt: (1) Full length robe with poppy motif on back RF and L shoulder. The gown is seamless, drapes from the shoulders and is fastened by ties under the arms and at the necklines. . (2) Full-length wrap-around skirt printed with poppy motif. The waist-band forms a sash which ties at the side.

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