Dress, womens, embroidered cotton, Madge Gill, England, 1930-1950

Made by Gill, Marge in England, 1930-1950.

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...

Summary

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Dress, womens, embroidered cotton, Madge Gill, England, 1930-1950

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.

Dimensions

445 mm

Production

Designed 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.

This dress was embroidered by Madge Gill, a famous English clairvoyant of the 1910-20s. Gill embroidered while in trances.

This dress was made 1930-1950.
Gill, Marge 1930-1950
Gill, Marge

History

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.
Kee, Jenny

Source

Purchased 1999
3 February, 1999

Cite this Object

Dress, womens, embroidered cotton, Madge Gill, England, 1930-1950 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 November 2017, <https://ma.as/167418>
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