Dress, womens, screen printed polyester / polyester satin / metal, designed and made by Janelle Smith, David Miles and Wendy Arnold for their label Studibaker Hawk, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1984 - 1990.

Made by Studibaker Hawk in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1984-1990.

This dress, designed and made in the 1980s by Sydney based fashion label Studibaker Hawk documents the work of one of Australia’s most enduring and successful evening, school formal and special occasion labels. Established by Janelle Smith, David Miles and Wendy Arnold in 1982 the distinctive Studibaker Hawk signature dress with it’s original textile prints and sculptural silhouette became one of the 1980s most sought after ‘party frocks’ ; it’s bold extravagant style reflecting the optimistic, ...

Summary

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Dress, womens, screen printed polyester / polyester satin / metal, designed and made by Janelle Smith, David Miles and Wendy Arnold for their label Studibaker Hawk, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1984 - 1990.

Women's 'party' dress in black polyester screen printed in tones of metallic pink, purple and gold inks with abstract peacock design. Dress features a strapless, fitted, boned and lined bodice with sweetheart neckline and pointed waist. The skirt joins the bodice at the pointed waist which is highly gathered, creating a very full layered skirt. The below knee length skirt comprises of three layers - a wired underskirt of plain black polyester satin over which is an asymmetrical skirt of black tulle with a double flounced hem. The outer layer of the skirt features an asymmetrical skirt of screen printed black satin with a wired hem. Dress fastens with a black zipper at centre back.

Dimensions

1070 mm

Production

Studibaker Hawk was established in Sydney in 1982 by Janelle Smith, David Miles and Wendy Arnold . Initially working from a small studio set up all three were involved in designing, screen printing the textiles and making the garments. Wholesaling from their studio, Smith and Arnold would model the designs for buyers. As demand increased and they employed more staff, their roles became more defined with Smith responsible for garment design and production, Arnold concentrating on print design and production and Miles looking after the business and finance.

During the 1980s Studibaker Hawk developed a distinctive signature party dress combining original textile designs (often in metallic based inks) with extravagant sculptural silhouettes. Production was highly labour intensive with rolls of fabric screen printed by hand and heat set in tumble dryers. The construction of each dress involved metres of sceenprinted fabric cut into layered flounces with padded and wired hems.

Wendy Arnold designed the textile print.

The dresses silhouette with it's strapless elongated fitted bodice and full, layered skirt was developed by Janelle Smith and became their most popular style. Smith noted that her work was inspired by 1940s and 1950s fashion, the glamorous full skirted evening gowns of Christian Dior and bustled and corsetted Victorian silhouettes. In contrast she also cites London's Punk scene (which she experienced first hand while in London in the late 1970s) as an influence; freeing up her notions of dress design, construction and materials.
Studibaker Hawk 1984-1990

Source

Gift of Studibaker, 2004
27 October, 2004

Cite this Object

Dress, womens, screen printed polyester / polyester satin / metal, designed and made by Janelle Smith, David Miles and Wendy Arnold for their label Studibaker Hawk, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1984 - 1990. 2016, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 18 November 2017, <https://ma.as/346892>
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