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94/129/1 Evening dress, womens, 'Chocolate box', plastic / fabric, designed by Jenny Bannister for Chai, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1979-1981. Click to enlarge.

'Chocolate box' evening dress by Jenny Bannister for Chai

Designed
Evening dress, womens, 'Chocolate box', plastic / fabric, designed by Jenny Bannister for Chai, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1979-1981

Evening dress, strapless with fitted bustier bodice and full skirt to below knee. Bodice of red cotton and elastic covered in black mesh, overlain with clear plastic and trimmed at the neckline with red plastic roses and red plastic piping. Centre back hook and eye fastening. Full skirt and petticoat are gathered onto the waist. Petticoat of black plastic. …

Summary

Object No.

94/129/1

Object Statement

Evening dress, womens, 'Chocolate box', plastic / fabric, designed by Jenny Bannister for Chai, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1979-1981

Physical Description

Evening dress, womens, 'Chocolate box', plastic / fabric, designed by Jenny Bannister for Chai, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1979-1981

Evening dress, strapless with fitted bustier bodice and full skirt to below knee. Bodice of red cotton and elastic covered in black mesh, overlain with clear plastic and trimmed at the neckline with red plastic roses and red plastic piping. Centre back hook and eye fastening. Full skirt and petticoat are gathered onto the waist. Petticoat of black plastic. The skirt is clear plastic trimmed with painted red plastic roses and black lace around the hem roses across the front. A clear plastic overskirt gathered onto a red satin sash that ties centre back into a large bow.

Marks

Black fabric label: Jenny Bannister for Chai.

Production

Notes

Jenny Bannister designed her first plastic dress in 1977 when she was invited to a 1950s party and wanted something different to wear. Clarence Chai asked her to design more for his shop. She designed a range for fashion expo, each with a different theme.

This dress was made for Clarence Chai's shop in Melbourne.

History

Notes

Deborah Thomas saw one of Jenny Bannister's plastic dresses on display and purchased this one to wear to a Mark and Jeffrey fashion parade at the Sydney Opera House. She wore it with clear plastic shoes with ankle straps, black fishnet stockings and two plastic roses in her hair.
Shop where the dress was bought.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Deborah Thomas, 1994

Acquisition Date

8 June 1994

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Chocolate box' evening dress by Jenny Bannister for Chai 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 28 June 2022, <https://ma.as/138570>

Wikipedia

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