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Jenkins Collection

Established as the private collection of Nicole Jenkins in 1980, the Jenkins Collection has grown to over 8,000 pieces of antique and vintage fashion, accessories and textiles, and focuses on Australian pieces. They have has been featured in exhibitions, fashion parades, talks and films, as well as Nicole's books "Love Vintage" and "Style is Eternal".

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Australian Fashion from 1800 to 1990

Significance

Australian Fashion and associated items.

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Knitted ladies swimsuit 1930s - Knit wool black patterned ladies swimsuit by Seagull 1930s

Jenkins Collection,

One piece ladies swimsuit with boy style leg and plunging backline. Thin shoulder straps. Built in black woollen knickers. The advert pictured is from the Adelaide Register News, 28 Nov 1930

Historical information

Manufactured by Botany Knitting Mills Pty Ltd

Inscriptions & Markings

Seagull Flex-o-knit

1930s cotton feedsack dress - Blue cotton daisy print feedsack dress 1930s

Jenkins Collection,

Simple day dress constructed from feedsack cotton fabric: Short, puffed sleeves, small opening with slight V neck and pointed collar. Centre front fold with red plastic buttons - the originals were missing but these are period correct replacements that match the red plastic buckle. Two front pockets on the bodice shaped like flower pots. No openings, pops over your head. Self-covered belt has a different material underneath: a smaller blue and white floral print.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

1920s Gossard corset - Ivory cotton damask corset with front lacing 1920s by Gossard

Jenkins Collection,

Early 20th century corset underbust style with ivory coloured cotton with lace detail. Front opening with busk and lacing, allowing easy adjusting. Six wide, adjustable suspender straps with fancy metal clips Boning at between one and four inch intervals, mostly no more than two inches apart. Several re-enforced seams inbetween the boning. Lace trim across the top is not original and has been removed. Elastic panel at base for movement.

Historical information

Sourced at Battersea Vintage Clothing Fair, London in 2005.

Significance

A good example of an early 20th century corset

Inscriptions & Markings

Gossard

House of Merivale 1970s dress - Lace up maxi dress by the House of Merivale 1970s

Jenkins Collection,

Halterneck maxi dress with scooped neckline, and deep lace up back. Flared, bias cut skirt perfectly matches up the pinstriped fabric. Centre back nylon zipper.

Historical information

This dress was featured in a fashion editorial in the Herald Sun 2012 for a Jerry Hall style look, and also a fashion parade at the Love Vintage fair in 2011 as well as in the book "Style is Eternal" 2009.

Significance

This dress is representative of 1930s style fashions created by the House of Merivale in the 1970s

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled the House of Merivale

Silk two piece dress 1870s - Plum silk, lace and velvet bodice and bustle skirt 1870s

Jenkins Collection,

Exceptional two piece dress with fitted and boned bodice and bustle skirt and train. Bodice features many panels and internal whaleboning with cotton lining. Waist tape to secure. Pointed waistband to the exterior, trimmed in panels of velvet and lace inserts. Pleated sleeves and high, stand up collar with white cotton insert. Row of metal hooks and eyes to secure at the centre front, covered with a row of small metal and enamel buttons with butterfly design (all present) and hand finished button holes. Another row of hooks and eyes over the top. Skirt is full with the gathers focused on the centre back with a row of cartridge pleats and metal hooks and eyes to secure at the waist. Row of cotton tape sits under the hips to be gathered into the desired fullness. Ornamental panels of velvet provide a faux wrap styling to the front. Underskirt of silk faille with a box pleated trim to the hem. Underneath is a third hem finished in a row of white cambric and lace trim. Train falls from the waist and displays the same hem treatments as the dress. The dress has been mostly machine sewn but with large amounts of hand sewn finishing.

Significance

An excellent example of Australian ladies fashion of the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

none

Gold lame' 1920s jacket - Gold and bronze silk lame' evening jacket 1920s

Jenkins Collection,

Evening jacket of rich lame' in burnished autumn tones of gold, bronze and olive. Ruched square collar, long sleeves with turned back ruched cuffs. No openings, is worn open. Fully lined in chinoise style rayon jacquard in a cafe au lait colour - lining dates to the 1940s and probably replaced a delicate silk original lining.

Historical information

Sourced from the private collection of fashion designer Lisa Ho, purchased at Moss Green auctions.

Significance

A good example of the silk and metallic lame' fabrics available in the 1920s.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Printed silk evening coat 1930s - Floral and butterflies silk princess line evening coat 1930s

Jenkins Collection,

Evening or opera coat with princess line seams and shawl collar. Leg o' mutton sleeves, full length flared skirt of six panels and secured with one self covered button and bound buttonhole at the waist. Fully lined in cream coloured silk taffeta. Fabric is printed in gold with flowers, vines and butterflies with hand silk screened roses and forget-me-not flowers over the top

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Gold lace 1920s dress - Gold metallic silk lace 1920s evening dress

Jenkins Collection,

Sleeveless evening gown of delicate lace with a drop waist, scalloped detailing and slightly flared skirt. Fastens through a side opening of press studs. Photographed with a petticoat underneath due to the sheerness of the fabric.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

1920s lace up boots - Two tone lace up leather high heel boots deadstock 1920s

Jenkins Collection,

High heeled boots with lace up style, curved heel and rounded toe. Two-toned effect with the colours of black and pale toffee. Leather uppers and canvas and polished cotton lining. Metal grommets to lace up. Original ribbon laces with metal tips. Circa 1920

Significance

These boots are rare and unworn

Inscriptions & Markings

Printing inside reads: 1695-37-5 and the same number (in reverse) is on the sole eg, 37-5-1695

Blue 1930s Jantzen ladies swimsuit

Jenkins Collection,

One piece swimsuit with sweetheart neckline and cross over straps at the back. Sweet little metal bow buckles to adjust the straps.

Inscriptions & Markings

Jantzen Made in Australia

Atomic 1950s dress - Atomic print cotton day dress 1950s by Julius Pollack

Jenkins Collection,

Sleeveless day dress with flared, mid-calf length skirt and big style front. Extra deep pockets and black piping trim to ornament. Bib style front features two large buttons and has been adapted for breast-feeding: the front is secured with press studs and the centre front seam underneath has been opened up, secured with a hook and eye. Side metal zipper. Printed cotton in multi-coloured "atomic" style design.

Historical information

This dress was featured in the book "Love Vintage", published 2009 by Carter's and has appeared in vintage fashion parades at the "Love Vintage" fair and the 2016 Glen Eira Storytelling Festival.

Significance

This dress is an example of the "atomic" style printed design that was popular in the '50s and also shows adaptive use by its wearer, to facilitate breast-feeding.

Inscriptions & Markings

Labelled Julius Pollack Original