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Dress - Green Satin Cocktail Dress, 1954

From the Collection of Kew Historical Society Inc 1 Civic Drive Kew Victoria

Emerald green, satin cocktail dress with shoe-string straps.
Object Registration
royal visit (victoria) 1954,, gwen steele, women's clothing, australian fashion - 1950s, cocktail dresses
Historical information
The Fashion & Textiles collections of Kew Historical Society include a number of textiles, as well as women’s, men’s, children’s and infants’ clothing from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Textiles include items manufactured or created in the United Kingdom as well as in Australia. As other cultures opened to Australian travellers in the 20th century, members began collecting and donating textiles produced in a number of other countries. Fashion (or clothing/costumes) in the collection was essentially produced for, or purchased by women in Melbourne, and includes examples of outerwear, protective wear, nightwear, underwear and costume accessories.

Historically significant and well-provenanced donations to the Fashion & Textiles Collection were made by Mabel Isola Grattan (Coombs Collection), Netta Fuller, Jillian Rigby (Weir Collection) and Dione McIntyre (McIntyre Collection). In 2018, the National Library of Australia funded a significance assessment of the Fashion Collection. The assessment confirmed the significance of particular items, as well as the collection overall.

This emerald green, satin evening dress, owned by Gwen Steele, was worn by her to a reception for Queen Elizabeth II in 1954 at Government House, Melbourne. The personalised printed invitations are kept in a Reference File, sub-series 'Gwen Steele'.]
When Made
Last updated
5 Jun 2020 at 2:18PM