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99/6/2 Dress, womens, embroidered cotton, designed and made by Madge Gill, England, 1940s. Click to enlarge.

Dress by Madge Gill

Made by Gill, Madge in England, c. 1945.

Jenny Kee collection of clothing, textiles, artwork and archive, Australia/England/Japan/Africa/USA 1967-1995

Jenny Kee (born Sydney 1947) is one of Australia’s most important designers, best known for designing and retailing a unique range of colourful clothing and knitwear. One major theme links all aspects of this collection, Jenny Kee’s love of Australia’s unique natural environment. Her garments are a canvas for her artwork featuring images of native flora and fauna, the opal gem stone and...


Object No.


Object Statement

Dress, womens, embroidered cotton, designed and made by Madge Gill, England, 1940s

Physical Description

Womens dress with fitted bodice and full skirt made of embroidered beige cotton. The bodice has a high round neck and short sleeves. Gathered onto the waist is a full skirt that falls to mid calf length. The dress is heavily embroidered with large bold star motifs in polychrome wool threads. The neckline and hems of sleeves are trimmed with rows of wool embroidery in red, blue, yellow and scarlet. Handsewn and embroidered and unlined.



445 mm



Gill, Madge England c. 1945


Designed and made in the 1940s by Madge Gill, a famous English clairvoyant of the 1910-20s, who embroidered while in trances. For a reference to Gill's wider artistic practice see McDonald, J., 'Art Without A Skin From Private Hells', Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday June 24, 1995, Spectrum p 16A.



Worn by Jenny Kee. Kee's dress sense has always been very eclectic, mixing her own designs with historical pieces and outfits and accessories from a variety of different cultural groups.

This dress belonged to Madge Gill, a famous English clairvoyant who embroidered while in trances. Jenny Kee wore this dress in the 1960's while working with Vern Lambert selling vintage couture clothing at the Chelsea Antique Market in London. References see: De Teliga, J.,Introduction to 'Linda Jackson, The Art of Fashion', Fontana, Australia, 1987, p 11 and Neville, R., 'Hippy Hippy Shake', William Heinemann Australia, Melbourne, 1995, pp 130, 149.


Credit Line

Purchased 1999

Acquisition Date

2 February 1999

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Dress by Madge Gill 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 14 November 2019, <>


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This object is currently on display in Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step Into Paradise at the Powerhouse Museum.

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