Australian Made: 100 Years of Fashion
Fashion has played a vital role in Australia since first European settlement. Whether reflecting status and position in a newly formed society, or exhibiting new found wealth and flamboyance, the language of fashion was of the utmost importance for the burgeoning Australian society.
In response to the needs of this growing society, tailors and dressmakers established well patronised businesses, and extensive drapers and department stores were founded, such as Farmer and Co in Sydney and Buckley & Nunn in Melbourne. By the early 20th century, independent fashion houses, such as G H V Thomas and Lucy Secor began to make their mark on an Australian fashion scene.
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Pat Rodgers (designer). active in Australia 1940-86. Cocktail dress (c. 1955). silk, wool, cotton, metal, acetate 116.0 cm (centre back); 31.0 cm (waist, flat). Gift of Mr J. O. Wicking, 1999. Db100416