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94/111/2 Costume and accessories, 'Gingham Woman', lycra, Brenton Heath-Kerr, Australia, 1991. Click to enlarge.

'Gingham Woman' costume by Brenton Heath-Kerr

Designed
Costume made of blue and white checked lycra gingham and comprising full bodysuit, mask, bra top, mini skirt, clogs, and handbag. The full bodysuit includes gloves and stockings and has holes cut in face mask for the eyes and the mouth, it has a centre back zipper fastening. The bustier type bra top has padded cups and a stretch back strap. The mini skirt is a wrap around box pleated skirt with velcro fastening at the waist. The mask is made of moulded plastic/latex? for the face, with holes …

Summary

Object No.

94/111/2

Object Statement

Costume and accessories, 'Gingham Woman', lycra, Brenton Heath-Kerr, Australia, 1991

Physical Description

Costume made of blue and white checked lycra gingham and comprising full bodysuit, mask, bra top, mini skirt, clogs, and handbag. The full bodysuit includes gloves and stockings and has holes cut in face mask for the eyes and the mouth, it has a centre back zipper fastening. The bustier type bra top has padded cups and a stretch back strap. The mini skirt is a wrap around box pleated skirt with velcro fastening at the waist. The mask is made of moulded plastic/latex? for the face, with holes cut for eyes, nose and mouth, attached to this is a cut out hair-do made of thick cardboard, the whole is covered in the gingham fabric and is secured to the head by way of a thick elastic strap at the back. The outfit is accessorised with a fake covered cardboard handbag covered in the same fabric, as are a pair of platform clogs with white laces and a long plastic cigarette holder.

Accompanying the costume are two design sketches of the costume in pencil on white paper and a home made envelope with a silver sticker for fastening. There are also four colour postcards, two of 'Gingham Woman' reclining on the hood of a car and two of her at the breakfast table.

Marks

On many parts of the costume there are fabric labels: BRENTON HEATH KERR. Printed on the back of the postcards: BRENTON IN "GINGHAM WOMAN" 1992/from the book/CLUBLAND/(A HISTORY OF SYDNEY DANCE PARTIES)/by Peter Elfes

Dimensions

Height

1850 mm

Width

415 mm

Production

Notes

The 'Gingham Woman' was designed by Brenton for the 1991 Sleaze Ball held in Sydney, he wore the costume to the ball.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1994

Acquisition Date

16 May 1994

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Gingham Woman' costume by Brenton Heath-Kerr 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 6 December 2022, <https://ma.as/137896>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/137896 |title='Gingham Woman' costume by Brenton Heath-Kerr |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=6 December 2022 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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