Close message Scootle has stopped supporting resources that use the Adobe Flash plug-in from 18 Dec 2020. Learning paths that include these resources will have alerts to notify teachers and students that one or more of the resources will be unavailable. Click here for more info.

Image Minidress with bloomers, 1965-70

TLF ID M002905

This is a red-and-white checked cotton and lace outfit comprising a minidress and bloomers. The sleeveless dress features a fitted bodice with a high round neckline and high waistline. The neck and waistline are trimmed with white lace braid and red ribbon, and the dress has a centre-back opening with button fastening. Matching bloomers are gathered into the leg with white lace and red ribbon insert. Makers marks are attached. It was designed and made by Capri Sportswear in Sydney, Newcastle and Parramatta, New South Wales, in 1965-70.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This outfit is part of a collection of clothing worn by Irene Combe (1951-) from late 1967 until 1970 during her career as a fashion model.
  • Irene Combe was a fashion model from 1967 to 1986. She began her career at 16 years of age, joining Sydney's premier modelling agency, June Dally-Watkins Modelling Agency.
  • This outfit illustrates a period of immense change in Australia's fashion landscape. Fashion in the 1960s was moving away from the unnaturally contrived silhouette of the clinched waist and voluminous petticoats synonymous with 1950s fashion. Dress shapes in the 1960s were simple with clean lines. The clothing featured in the collection embodies the essence of what was considered in the 1960s to be modern, youthful, daring and, with the advent of the miniskirt, somewhat shocking. The garments are feminine in design, less structured and reflect the aesthetics and values of a blossoming youth culture.
  • The youth of the 1960s wanted to be recognised as a 'class' separate from their elders and used fashion as a tool of rebellion. With money to spend and easy access to the contraceptive pill, this younger generation enjoyed an unprecedented level of freedom. The fashion market responded accordingly to this growing youth consciousness. Inspired by London fashion, the mini symbolised the defiant attitudes of 1960s youth.
  • Reminiscences of Irene's early modelling days provide a colourful contrast to the experience of today's well-paid models. Irene recalls that modelling was not a lucrative career in the 1960s. Generally it was up to the model to create 'the look' from a brief outline of requirements supplied by the agency. Models were expected to create several different looks using their own clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as do their own hair and make-up.

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Powerhouse Museum
  • Organization: Powerhouse Museum
  • Description: content provider
  • Address: NSW, AUSTRALIA
  • Name: Capri Sportswear
  • Organization: Capri Sportswear
  • Description: author
  • Address: NSW, AUSTRALIA
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL:
Access profile
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Image
  • © Curriculum Corporation and Trustees of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences 2010 (except where otherwise indicated). You may view, display, print out, copy and modify this material for non-commercial educational purposes provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the material.