A two piece ensemble consisting of long evening dress and matching jacket, cropped jacket of black acetate. The jacket features a tie front and long buttoned sleeve. The full length dress is slim fitting with centre back zip, shoestring straps and shaped bust with ruched centre front.
This two piece ensemble was purchased and worn by Di Reidie from fashion boutique "The House of Merivale and Mr John" to attend a performance of "The Sleeping Beauty" by London Festival Ballet, featuring Rudolph Nureyev at The Palais, St Kilda in May, 1975.
Di Reidie was a volunteer and president of Brighton Historical Society from 1999 - 2016. Originally from New Zealand, Di and her family have lived in Male Street, Brighton for many years and been active community members. During her time at BHS, Di has contributed significantly to the establishment, preservation and promotion of the Costume collection as well as the Brighton Historical society as a whole. Di was also a vintage clothing dealer and amassed her own significant costume and ephemera collection.
"The House of Merivale and Mr John" - the first "House of Merivale" boutique was opened in Castlereagh St, Theatre Royal Building, Sydney in 1959 by designer Merivale Hemmes and her husband and business partner John Hemmes, later expanding to three stores in Pitt Street, Sydney, a store in Canberra and one in Melbourne. In the 1960s and 70s the boutique and the Hemmes held considerable influence on street fashions. The store stocked many influential labels of the time such as Prue Acton, Kenneth Pirrie and Norma Tullo along with Merivale's own designs and was staffed by many people who went on to become known in their own right including Chrissy Amphlett of the Divinyls. The store was also a popular destination of international celebrities such as Liza Minelli, Cher, Mick Jagger and Marlene Dietrich. The family remain well known for their businesses in hospitality.
Rudolph Nureyev - Born March 17th Soviet Republic of Bashkir, USSR 1938 to a Tartar Muslim family - Dies January 6th 1993, Paris, France. He defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961. The story of his defection has served as material for further artistic works. Rudolph Nureyev is considered one of the most important and accomplished dancers, choreographers and directors of his time and his frequent artistic partnership with Dame Margot Fonteyn held in high esteem.
"The Sleeping Beauty" a prologue and three act ballet based on the fairy story by Charles Perrault. The ballet by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa was first directed by Nureyev in 1966 for Scala Opera House, Milan. Nureyev created 4 versions of the ballet, considered to be the pinnacle of classical ballet.
The Palais Theatre, St Kilda, Melbourne. 14 Lower Esplanade Street St Kilda. Constructed in 1927 as the Palais Pictures by American entrepreneurs, Herman, Harold and Leon Phillips, who had previously established the Palais De Danse in 1913 and Luna Park in 1912 which flanked The Palais Theatre at the time. (Luna Park remains) The Palais Theatre is of cultural and architectural significance.
Inscriptions & Markings
"Mandamatilda", "Dry Clean Only, SSW