Historical information

Gown was worn by Janice Purcell nee Ralston who lived in Mitcham until her marriage to Dr Michael Purcell. She trained as a Nurse at St Vincents Hospital. She attended St Johns Primary School and the Loreto Convent.


The style and colour was worn during the 1980's, usually at special occasions such as balls, weddings and formal dances.

Physical description

c 1980 Long claret coloured evening gown. Bodice is heart shaped cross over, rouching forming cap and sleeves. Skirt is gathered at waist and falls to very full folds.

Inscriptions & markings

Victorian Fantasy Melbourne