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Listed under:  Arts  >  Drama (Arts)  >  Performance space  >  Stages (Theatre)  >  Theatre in the round

Hungarian national dress, 1974

This is a hand-embroidered and machine-sewn red velvet dress. It is an example of traditional Hungarian national costume and was made for Eva Castley by her mother. It is a full-length gown with bodice and cream-coloured half-length satin-like sleeves gathered with elastic. The neck is bordered with a satin frill and the ...


Woman's dress, early 1900s

This is a European-style long dress, probably made in Tuvalu in the early 1900s. It is made from yellow-and-red pandanus matting and is largely machine sewn. Three-quarter-length sleeves end in a fringe of what appears to be hibiscus fibre. The fringe at the bottom of the dress consists of broad vertical strips - two or ...


Wedding dress made in Paris, c1880

This is an elaborate wedding dress of painted silk satin and lace, reputed to have been made by the Paris fashion designer Charles Worth in about 1880. It was worn by a bride in South Australia in 1883 after it had been displayed in International Jubilee Exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. The dress, equivalent ...


Dress with accessories, c1820s-40s

This is a dove-coloured 'going away' dress with shoes and bonnet. The dress was made in the 1820s, then remodelled in about 1840. It is made of silk taffeta and is 132 cm long and 47 cm across at the shoulders. The 'poke' bonnet was made by James Robson Millinery and Lace Depot, England, around 1840, from buckram, a silk ...


Child's silk dress, c1820-43

This is a young girl's cream silk dress with a loose-weave cotton lining, which was made in Australia between 1820 and 1843. This finely made dress features a horizontal-cut neckline and short epaulette-like sleeves, and is gathered at the waist. The bodice has tucks that run from the shoulder to the waist, with paired ...


'Easton Pearson outfit', 2000

This is an outfit comprising a women's top and skirt, designed and made by Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson for their label Easton Pearson, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 2000. The loose-fitting sleeveless shell top, which has a round neck, falls almost straight to the waist from the shoulders and is drawn into the body ...


Opera costume worn by Nellie Melba, c1910

This is a velvet, silk, cotton and leather opera costume dress, once worn by Dame Nellie Melba. Created by an unknown maker in about 1910 and measuring 132.0 cm (height) x 44.0 cm (width) this mannequin-mounted costume is a deep-fawn full-length dress that has a square neck edged with black velvet and thin piping of cream ...


'Delphos' dress by Mariano Fortuny, 1910-20

This is a woman's evening dress in a style first created by Italian designer Mariano Fortuny in 1907. It is made of a finely pleated, bronze-green satin-weave silk. The basic form of this 102.25 cm long full-length garment is a cylindrical tube with short sleeves. It takes its gently curving shape from the form beneath, ...


'Medieval'-style dress by Mariano Fortuny, c1920

This is a 'medieval'-style dress designed in about 1920 by Italian designer Mariano Fortuny. Made in silk and silk velvet, this tunic-style garment, 155 cm in length, falls with a slight flare from the shoulders to the floor. It has a square neckline and long straight sleeves. The centre front (and back) velvet panels of ...


Silk brocade open robe, c1775

This woman's silk brocade open robe, 120 cm in length, was made in about 1775 in France by an unknown person. The ensemble consists of an open robe over a petticoat. Both items are of the same fabric, a cream silk patterned with vertical candy-pink stripes and brocaded floral garlands in pink, yellow, red and green. The ...


Hula Girls, Imagining Paradise, 2005: Gauguin's paradise

This clip shows parts of an interview with art historian Stephen Eisenman discussing the life, times and artworks of the French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. Intercut with shots of paintings by Gauguin that illustrate Eisenman's analysis is footage of Eisenman discussing Gauguin's Tahitian period, when the artist ...