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Rubber thong

January 20, 2012

Lindie Ward
Not what you were expecting – tricked you! Have you bought shoes for 99 cents and got ten years international travel out of them? Well a Mr Fuller bought these in 1978 and trudged them all around Europe.

Red, white and green- a festive look at the fashion collection

December 25, 2011

Rebecca Evans
Many fashion blogs and sites at the moment are focusing on what to wear for Christmas. This year, women's fashions include dresses heavily embellished with sequins, lace and shiny fabrics. Interesting when I am sure, most Australians will just end up in T-shirts playing some sort of sport in the backyard.

Meet the curator – Rebecca Evans

November 9, 2011

Anni Turnbull
What is your name? Rebecca Evans What is your speciality area? Isn’t specialisation code for ‘things I like best’? I have made and loved clothing and textiles for as long as I can remember.

Inspiration #1: craft sewing box

October 27, 2011

Nicole Balmer
Museum collections are inspiring. They spark the desire to create. Sometimes inspiration ignites your imagination and sends it soaring off out into the stratosphere and back. Sometimes inspiration is the slow quiet kind which subtly seeps into daily life.

The many uses of a black dress: Stories from the Australian Dress Register

October 5, 2011

Anni Turnbull
Black clothing has become a ubiquitous choice for the twentieth century adult. Yet in the nineteenth century black clothing had specific associations and uses. The black garments on the Australian Dress Register show both the versatility of black and how its use in fashion gradually changed during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century.

Changing gender distinctions in dress: Stories from the Australian Dress Register

September 28, 2011

Anni Turnbull
Most cultures differentiate between male and female dress - in fabric, colour, style and accessories. In western culture, gender differentiation in dress has gradually changed. Many entries on the Australian Dress Register reflect the evolution of distinctions between men, women and children’s dress in the 19th century and into the 20th century.

The Australian Dress Register launch: collecting Australian costume

September 21, 2011

Rebecca Pinchin
The Museum has been working with regional organsiations and communities to create the Australian Dress Register, a collaborative, online project about dress in New South Wales pre 1945. This includes men's, women's and children's clothing ranging from the special occasion to the everyday.

Love Lace International Lace Award and Exhibition: creating the shadows

August 12, 2011

Anni Turnbull
When you walk through the Love Lace exhibition its apparent how important lighting is to the successful display of these works. The Museum electrician Peter Hermon says This was a unique exhibition to work on, we had more time to work on the lighting (and wiring) and the nature of the work was different, shadows were really important and the lighting needs more particular.

Evolution of a 1950s fashion model

July 6, 2011

Anne-Marie Van de Ven
Discovering the many aspects of one woman’s career was one of the most interesting aspects of my 20 day internship at the Powerhouse Museum. Under the supervision of Curator Anne-Marie Van de Ven I’ve just finished cataloguing the Janice Wakely modelling and photography archive.

Jenny Kee, Chanel, ‘Princess Di’ (and a passing reference to David Bowie)

July 1, 2011

Glynis Jones
Anyone who has read Jenny Kee's fascinating biography A Big Life Jenny Kee (Jenny Kee with Samantha Trenoweth, Penguin Group, 2006) will appreciate how apt the title is. From modelling as the face of Canadian Pacific Airlines and spending a memorable night with John Lennon during the Beatles Australian tour in 1964 to selling vintage Schiaparelli jackets to Mick Jagger at the Chelsea Antique market in London, surviving the Granville train disaster in 1977 and campaigning for the conservation of NSW old growth forests Jenny’s adventurous spirit and creativity has seen her involved in many of the key social movements and events of the last fifty years.

The colour of a wedding dress

June 1, 2011

Anni Turnbull
Eagerly anticipated, the Australian Dress Register (ADR) went live on 21 March 2011. To date only contributors have had access to the pilot database; now it’s fascinating content is available to the wider community.