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Both digital and material, the collections represent historical and contemporary practices which tell the story of Melbourne as a design city, and provide the resources and support for research into Melbourne’s designed environment, design professions and practices. Located within the Design Hub, RMIT Design Archives publishes RDA Journal, develops exhibitions and publishes catalogues, papers and books related to its collections.

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Magazines - Fast Forward, number 5, June 1981

RMIT Design Archives, Carlton

Cassette magazine in vinyl cover. Contents includes one magazine, one audio cassette, and one crossword.

Posters - Is Not Magazine, Final Issue! Ever!, Issue Eleven

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Lighting - TOLA

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Historical information

Model light created as part of a 4th year Industrial Design project at RMIT (product design and packaging exercise, second term, 1967)

Magazines - Fast Forward: First Birthday Issue, number 8/9, December 1981

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Cassette magazine in vinyl cover. Contents includes Annual report, two audio cassettes.

Architectural drawings

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Sketches for RMIT Building 8 extension, and Athan and Calnin Houses

Advertisements - David Lancashire Design, designer, Avon Graphics Security

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Historical information

This is an exemplary model of what is possible in design for print. Only 20mm across, this magnification reveals nine separate print passes that each differently affect the paper's surface. Printed on a cheque commissioned by Avon Graphics Security, designed by David Lancashire and detailed by Geoff Fawcett in the 1990s, the design represents an important aspect of graphic design history: the creation of labour intensive marks that are impossible to forge. Jenny Grigg, 2017

Diazotypes - Robin Boyd's Sketch for combined project 60-64 Clarendon St + corner site

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Includes sketch of two structures and surrounding flora.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed upper left of recto, "ROBIN BOYD'S SKETCH FOR / COMBINED PROJECT 60-64 / CLARENDON ST. + CORNER SITE"

Architectural drawings - Proposed Family Residence for Mr. & Mrs. Spedding at Lot 2 Bolton Avenue, Brighton

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Sketh plans

Scarves

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Scarf featuring fish design

Posters - The Hardware Club

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Magazines - Fast Forward, number 2, December 1980

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Cassete magazine including one magazine and one audio cassette

Sketchbooks

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Sketchbook containing designs for fabric

Brochures - You cant get away from it

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Brochure for London Transport

Historical information

Richard Beck established a consultancy as an industrial designer in London in the 1930s, designing posters, booklets and advertisements for London Transport, Shell-Mex, Orient Line and the London GPO. His work was illustrated in Radio Times, Evening Standard and News Chronicle. His posters used montage and surrealist techniques, as in this example, reminiscent of E McKnight Kauffer who was prominent in commercial art in interwar England. The London Journal Art and Industry reproduced a number of Beck?s posters for the Orient Line and London Transport and in 1938 Modern Publicity?s annual round-up featured Beck?s cover design and included a profile of his work.

Diazotypes - House at Dromana for G. McCraith Esq.

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Sketches

Historical information

This is a design drawing for a McCraith House (Larrakeyeah), Dromana, also known as 'The Butterfly House' , which was commissioned by Gerald and Ellen 'Nell' McCraith, and designed in 1955 by architect David Chancellor, Chancellor & Patrick. It is one of the few modernist houses on the Victorian Heritage Register. The house and an archive relating to its design, construction and use by the McCraith family was gifted to RMIT University by the descendants of the its original owners, the Dixon-Ward family, in 2013.

Design drawings

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Drawing of styling proposal for HJ Monaro coupe

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed lower right, 'ZMOOD'

Photographs

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Photograph featuring Frances Burke painting at desk

Historical information

This photograph was reproduced on the cover of the magazine 'Housewife, Home and Family', in October, 1960 with the heading, 'Miss Frances Burke, Brilliant Australian Textile Designer'. The photograph contains interesting contradictions: Burke, wearing a cocktail hat whilst painting, was never a housewife, nor did she have children. Gladys Hain, editor of the magazine, exhorted women who did have children to get busy, start businesses and contribute to the economy! The image highlights Burke's ability to attract publicity and demonstrates her acute understanding of the power of PR and marketing. Burke established her textile business in 1937, developing it between the wars in a very challenging marketplace by capitalising on opportunities as they presented. Robyn Oswald-Jacobs, 2017

Design drawings

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Drawing featuring Toyota car body side view

Historical information

Designed for Toyota Australia

Woman's dress - Norma Tullo, Garment Designer, Shirley Lyle, Textile Designer, Woman's Dress

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Full length woman's dress with full skirt and long sleeves, collared with open neck and pleat work on bodice. Material is predominately red with a repeated pattern featuring posie of blue and mauve flowers.

Historical information

This light woollen evening dress is made from Peppinella, a new fabric Norma Tullo introduced into her range in 1973. The fabric was used exclusively by Tullo, and came from the wool of Peppin Merino (first introduced into Australia in 1858 by the Peppin brothers). According to the papers of the day Tullo’s 1973 winter collection featured ‘St. Trinian’s styles to garments dripping lace, in bold plain colours to floral prints.” Shirley Lyle designed the floral fabric. Norma Tullo (1935-2019) was one of the leading fashion designers of her time, establishing her label in 1956. After establishing a business the Old Metropole Arcade in Melbourne in 1956, with three sewing machines, Tullo's ready to wear fashions for young women became sought after, and her business flourished. In 1966 the Japanese department store chain Isetan Co Ltd began to mass-produce her garments for their stores across Japan. Tullo closed her label in 1977, and later worked for Fletcher Jones. Ann Carew, 2020

Significance

The dress is historically significant as a dress designed by Norma Tullo, a leading fashion designer of the 1960s and 1970s. During this period the Australian Wool Industry strove to promote wool, and to develop light woollen fabrics to compete with new synthetic fibres such as rayon. The garment is historically significant for the use of a merino wool showcasing its versatility for dress fabrics.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed, black label on back neck left of zip, 'TULLO/IN/PEPPINELLA/AUSTRALIA MERINO WOOL'; Inscribed, white satin label on back neck right of zip, 'DRY CLEAN ONLY'; Inscribed, white satin label underneath above label, 'SIZE 12/To Fit Bust 34"/To Fit Waist

Diazotypes - Standard Chair No EAD CS2

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Historical information

Fred Ward, better known for his work with Myer Heritage, Patterncraft and the ANU, began making furniture in the late 1920s for his own house in Heidelberg. An early client was the sophisticated and progressive Maie Casey, who in 1932 furnished the rented Gwynn house in Canberra in a radically austere style, with Michael O'Connell textiles, Ward's monastically simple waxed timber designs and imported steel tubular chairs. Maie Casey's patronage proved enduring and influential. The RDA’s collection shows designs and details of bespoke pieces commissioned by Lord Casey for government offices, including the Department of External Affairs, during his political and vice-regal career. Catriona Quinn, 2017

Drawings

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Point paper design featuring boy, puma and snake. Corresponding clothing label attached

Photographs - Photograph featuring Hall Ludlow and Diane Masters modelling Gown of the Year

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Black and white photograph features fashion designer Hall Ludlow (right), holding his trophies for winning the 1959 Gown of the Year at the Menzies Hotel, Melbourne. Model Diane Masters (right) is wearing the winning gown: a pale full length gown with short sleeves, scoop neck, and ruffled skirt. The matching coat also features small ruffled down its length.

Inscriptions & Markings

Verso: Stamped in black ink, bottom right: 'Photographed by/ ATHOL SHMITH/ F.R.P.S . . F.R.S.A/ 125 COLLINS STREET, MELBOURNE/ TELEPHONE MF 5[illegible]4

Blueprints - Single Bed

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Fred Ward, Detail sheet for 'Home Beautiful Blueprint Furniture' No. 6, includes technical drawings and instructions, 1950-1951

Historical information

After his experience in designing moderately priced furniture in the 1930s and managing the construction of aircraft by an inexperienced workforce during World War II, designer Frederick Ward developed Patterncraft paper patterns. They were available by mail order through Australian Home Beautiful from 1947. For those with rudimentary skills Ward developed Timber-pack kits of components ready to glue and assemble. Blueprint, his subsequent project for the mass-market was launched in 1951. At a time of austerity and shortages, Blueprint patters helped Australians furnish their modest homes with modern furniture they had made themselves. Nanette Carter, 2017

Drawings

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Illustration of Edmond & Corrian's Barber House, Carlton

Historical information

Drawing of Barber House, Carlton, designed by Edmond & Corrigan and built in 1980. The drawing was commissioned by Edmond and Corrigan. Image was published in Transition magazine, No.27/28 1989.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamped in black ink, bottom left: 'Robert Pearce'

Serviettes - Winter

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Textile design was part of the Winter 1988 range.

Magazines - Fast Forward: The Dance Issue, number 12, August 1982

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Cassette magazine in vinyl cover. Contents includes one magazine, one subscription card, one subscription pamphlet, one vinyl folder

Photocopies - Landscape Architecture at the Edge: Conference of Landscape Architecture Students

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Handwritten timetable by Maggie Fooke and Jerry de Gryce. Fooke wrote the headlines and de Gryce the smaller print.

Design drawings

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Design drawing of Backwell IXL electric stove

Historical information

Designed for production by Backwell IXL Pty. Ltd.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed text attached lower right 'Architects & Industrial Designers Walter Gherardin, A.R.A.I.A., A.R.I.B.A.,Ronald Rosenfeldt, F.I.D.I.A / ROSENFELDT, GHERARDIN & ASSOCIATES PTY. LTD., 67 WELLINGTON ST., WINDSOR, S.I., 514923, 514963'.

Architectural drawings - Urban Landscape Design - North Fitzroy

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Detailled Area plan of the Urban Renewal Project in North Fitzroy. Features the longitudinal section at Rowe St.

T-shirts - Abyss

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T-shirt featuring 'Daisy Bone' and mouse print

Historical information

Abyss Studio was one of a number of fashion labels established by Sara Thorn and Bruce Slorach in the 1980s and 1990s. From 1986 to 1992 the pair also operated the Galaxy Emporium where they stocked their own designs as well as those of fellow Fashion Design Council members. Abyss was a street wear label and, like many independent designers at the time, was concerned with creating culture through clothing.

Page layout

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Page layout features sketch of twe 1870s , including bodice detail of the second dress: 1. Day Dress c.1873, from the National Gallery of Victoria; 2. Afternoon or Dinner Gown, 1877, from the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

Historical information

Page layout for Costume of Australia book, by Marion Fletcher.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed in blue pencil, bottom left: '64% in grey ink, bottom left: 'P2' in blue ink, bottom left: '<-----------------------164mm--------------------------->/ OUP 102[cricled]'; bottom left [running horizontally]: <---------------------187.5mm----------