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94/120/2 Opera cape, 'Cycle of Life', cotton drill, designed and made by Bronwyn Bancroft, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1987. Click to enlarge.

Handpainted ‘Cycle of Life’ opera cape by Bronwyn Bancroft

Designed by Bancroft, Bronwyn in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

This full-length opera cape with hood of hand-painted cotton drill, called 'Cycle of life', was designed and made in 1987 by Bronwyn Bancroft of Sydney. The figures on the front and the lizard on the back, represent the journey through life of an Aboriginal man and woman. This is one of the garments paraded at the Paris department store Au Printemps in the Fashion Extravaganza organised by the Aboriginal Medical Service in 1987. Bronwyn is from the Banjulung nation of northern NSW. Her work re...

Summary

Object No.

94/120/2

Object Statement

Opera cape, 'Cycle of Life', cotton drill, designed and made by Bronwyn Bancroft, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1987

Physical Description

Full length opera cape with hood made of blue cotton drill lined with black polyester. Centre front hook and eye fastening. Handpainted design with poster and fabric paint featuring two human figures on the front and a lizard on the back, representing the journey through life of an Aboriginal man and woman.

Dimensions

Width

850 mm

Production

Notes

Bronwyn Bancroft is currently one of the most important urban Aboriginal designers. She exhibits work as an artist, designs textiles and fashion clothing, posters and other graphic work for a range of Aboriginal and human rights issues, Aboriginal arts and community programmes. She is influential in her own as well as the wider Australian community through her activities as a member of a number of Aboriginal cultural organisations and mainstream arts organisations. Her work is significant in that it demonstrates a contemporary personal view of traditional themes and reflects Bancrofts own exploration of her Aboriginality. The 'Aboriginal paisley' design was a satirical comment on the long history of the European paisley, itself drawn from the Indian boteh.

This collection was made by Bronwyn Bancroft for a fashion parade of work by Aboriginal designers held in Paris in 1987.

History

Notes

These outfits were featured in a fashion parade at Au Printemps department store in Paris in 1987. The parade grew out of a programme devised by Lilly Madden, nutrition co-ordinator at Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service. She had been running health, beauty and modelling classes to train and increase self esteem among young Koories and decided to stage regular fashion parades to display the talents of young Aboriginal models and designers. One of these parades was documented by a freelance journalist and photographer and appeared in the Paris daily, Le Monde. The article created such interest that they were invited by parade garments at the Au Printemps department store in Paris. Supported by the Aboriginal Medical Service a group of ten models displayed the work of three Aboriginal designers, Bronwyn Bancroft, Mini Heath and Euphemia Bostock.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1994

Acquisition Date

25 May 1994

Cite this Object

Harvard

Handpainted 'Cycle of Life' opera cape by Bronwyn Bancroft 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 31 March 2020, <https://ma.as/138415>

Wikipedia

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