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Listed under:  Technologies  >  Design  >  Fashion design
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Mermaid costume, 1906-40

This is a mermaid performance costume worn by Annette Kellerman throughout the USA and Europe between 1906 and 1940. It comprises a tightly fitted one-piece yellow cotton costume designed to fit under the arms with the bodice tapering in to the waist and down the legs to end in a padded 'fishtail'. The whole outfit is decorated ...


Kewpie doll used at Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony, 2000

This is an oversized prop kewpie doll comprising a head, arms, legs and torso cast in fibreglass. It was used at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games closing ceremony. The 'skin' of the kewpie is painted pink, and the moulded facial features and hair are also painted. A red bodice has been painted onto the torso. Two arms attach ...

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The costume designer makes the character

Where would you start if you had to design hundreds of individual costumes for just one scene in a film? That was just one of the challenges for Catherine Martin, the costume designer for Baz Luhrmann's film 'The Great Gatsby', which is set in the 1920s.


Printed cotton sundress by Cole of California, c1952

This is a woman's hybrid outfit of sundress and capri pants, styled on the Chinese cheongsam or qipao. The dress has a halterneck design with tight-fitting mandarin collar, which has a button fastening and red piping around the neckline. It is tight fitting at the waist, and has shirred sides and two deep side splits to ...


Adidas tracksuit, 2003

This is a Y-3 Adidas tracksuit consisting of a jacket and pants made in purple polyester. The jacket has long sleeves, a large hood and a central front zipper opening. The inside is fully lined with purple mesh and there are two inside pockets on either side of the zipper. The pants are three-quarter length and made of ...


Woman's outfit by Jenny Kee, c1982

This is a mannequin wearing an 'Oz Ali' women's outfit designed in Australia by Jenny Kee. The costume is made from wool and cotton and consists of a jumper, skirt, vest, tabard (short outer top), leggings and a cap that is not visible here. Each item is richly coloured and patterned with words and/or images related to ...


Outfit by Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons, 2005

This is a mannequin wearing a women's outfit designed in 2005 by Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garçons in Japan. It consists of a beige jacket and black skirt and shorts. A front zipper and oversized hand-stitching are featured on the jacket. The skirt is irregularly shaped, balloons out and also sports large stitches. The ...


Snakeskin boots worn by Irene Combe, 1965-70

This is a pair of tight fitting boots made in yellow and brown snakeskin (possibly Australian carpet snake) with a square toe and thick block heels. The boots have side zipper openings and a cuff that fastens with two press-studs. The boots are fully lined. They were originally owned and worn by Australian model Irene Combe ...


Snow leopard fur coat, c1938

This is a loose-fitting women's coat of snow leopard fur, made between 1935 and 1940 in London. It is of knee length and is A-line in style, with long sleeves and a turn down collar.


Maud Frizon court shoes, 1970-1990

This is a pair of pale blue leather court shoes featuring a diamond pattern cut out of the leather to reveal another layer of leather underneath. The shoes were made by Maud Frizon some time between 1970 and 1990. They were owned and worn by designer Prue Acton in Melbourne.


'Art communicates' hat by Peter Jago, 1985

This is a wide-brimmed cream-coloured straw hat, designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Peter Jago in 1985. The hat, called 'Art communicates', was worn by Prue Acton with her 'Stained Glass' ensemble to the 1985 Melbourne Cup.


Glove patterns, c1970s

This is a selection of cardboard and metal glove patterns from the Simpson's Gloves factory. Glove patterns were initially cut out in paper, cardboard and sheet metal; the metal patterns were then given to knife manufacturers who made press knives for cutting out the leather. These patterns are part of the Simpson's Gloves ...


Glove cutters, c1955

These are heavy metal glove cutters used at Simpson's Gloves in the 1950s-60s. These cutters consist of a back or front piece (with the index finger fully enclosed) and a separate cutter for the thumb. Another cutter was required to cut the remaining section of leather (to cover the three other fingers). They are part of ...


Embossing machine for leather patterns, c1930s

This is an embossing machine that was used to heat-apply patterns to leather at the Simpson's Gloves factory. It is 42 cm long, 79 cm wide and 57 cm high. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection at Museum Victoria.


Book of handbag designs, c1970

This is a notebook that was used as a pattern book for handbags at Simpson's Gloves. It contains hand-drawn pattern designs in pencil with model numbers and descriptions. The notebook is 35 cm long and 21 cm wide. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection at Museum Victoria.


Amos Simpson, founder of Simpson's Gloves, 1930s

This black-and-white photograph is thought to be of Amos Simpson (1878-1953), founder of Simpson's Gloves of Richmond, Victoria. It is a formal portrait of a serious man in a suit. Including the frame, the photograph is 18 cm wide, 1 cm thick and 23 cm high. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection at Museum Victoria.


Card of handbag clasps

This is a piece of card holding 24 sample locks, clasps and decorations for handbags, which was used at Simpson's Gloves factory. Clasp materials include leather, metal and plastic. The card also lists prices and quantities available. The card is 37 cm high and 27.5 cm wide. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection ...


Revolving plier punch

This is a pair of pliers with a revolving end on one jaw, on which six punch bits in graduated sizes are mounted. The pliers measure 23.0 cm long x 6.5 cm wide x 2.0 cm deep.


Shoe sample, 1933

This is an incomplete shoe sample. It is made of navy leather with white leather decorative detail. It has a narrow strap fastened on the side with a small white-metal buckle.


Simpson's Gloves labels, c1930-75

These are four Simpson's Gloves product labels. They are made of circular gold-coloured card, with cotton thread tags for attaching to products. The labels are printed with 'Simpson's' in red followed by 'TRADITIONAL QUALITY' in black. Each label has a diameter of 64 mm.