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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 ...


Textile workers cutting out garment patterns, 1950-60 - item 2

This is a black-and-white image showing male and female clothing and textile workers at a factory, probably in Melbourne, in the 1950s. They are shown standing or sitting at long workbenches on which they are cutting out pattern parts to be sewn into garments. Long lengths of white material have been laid out on the benches ...


Operating overhead cranes at a textile factory, 1950-60

This is a black-and-white image depicting a group of male workers at a textile factory. They are operating overhead travelling cranes to lift racks containing spools of thread in and out of large metal dyeing vats. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. Its ...


Textile workers cutting out garment patterns, 1950-60 - item 3

This is a black-and-white image depicting a group of textile workers cutting and packing patterns for garment construction on long workbenches in a textile factory. The photograph is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. Its dimensions are: width, 10.3 cm x height, 10 cm.


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.


Hat stretcher, c1960

This is an appliance for stretching hats. Designed to be screwed onto a bench, it consists of an aluminium dome-shaped piece (on which the hat is placed) and a screw mechanism. When the handle was turned, the domed section would split. The appliance is 32 cm long, 25 cm wide and 21 cm high. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves ...


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.


Singer sewing machine, 1902-03

This is a metal sewing machine made by the Singer Manufacturing Company in 1902-03. It held two cotton reels and was known as a double stitcher or straight sewer. It was once fitted into a workbench at the Simpson's Gloves factory in Richmond, Victoria. The machine is 36 cm long and 30 cm high. It is part of the Simpson's ...


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.


Simpson's Gloves factory, 1930

This is a framed black-and-white landscape photograph showing the exterior of the Simpson's Gloves factory in Victoria Street, Richmond. The photograph measures 49.6 cm x 34.7 cm.


Fenwick Brothers penny token, c1862

This is a round copper penny token issued by Fenwick Brothers, Melbourne retailers and wholesalers, in about 1862. In the centre is a depiction of Observatory House beside a large flagstaff with cross stays, ropes and a flag. Surrounding this illustration are the business name and address of the issuers, 'FENWICK BROTHERS ...


Halfpenny token from Manchester House, 1858

This is a round copper halfpenny token, dating from 1858, that was probably made in Britain. The token features the name, location and business of the issuer, 'R.S. WATERHOUSE / MANCHESTER HOUSE / DRAPERY ESTABLISHMENT'. The reverse side depicts a child suspended from a walking trainer, with the words 'FOR READY MONEY / ...


Minidress by Merivale, c1965

This is a women's mustard wool minidress designed by Merivale and made by the House of Merivale, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, between 1960 and 1970. The dress has a round neckline, yoke, drop waist and long sleeves with side zipper fastening. It features shirring in contrasting thread on cuffs and drop waist, and ...

Teacher resource

Where are clothes manufactured?

This learning activity consists of a series of online resources supporting students to engage, explore and reflect on the ways people work and how businesses use outsourced labour to manufacture clothing and shoes in the economies of Asia. Students analyse data and information to identify why Australian businesses outsource ...