Historical information

In 1880 Melbourne hosted its first major international exhibition the "Melbourne International Exhibition".
In 1888 Melbourne hosted its second major international exhibition the "Melbourne International Centennial Exhibition".

Physical description

Two-piece evening dress comprising separate bodice and skirt made of gold-coloured silk damask woven with large curvilinear design in cream. Cream tulle trim around neck embellished with beads and artificial pearls. Similar trim down centre front and around lower edge of bodice. Short puffed sleeves Neckline trimed with wide gold satin riboon and bows. Bodice is boned and fastens centre back with hooks and eyes. Gored skirt pleated into waist.
.1 - bodice
. 2 - skirt

Inscriptions & markings

Label, woven blue on cream, centre back bodice: QUOD FACIMUS VALDE FACIMUS, George & George Ltd / Federal Emporium / Melbourne, International Exhibition Melbourne, Costumes and Mantles