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2007/211/4 Mini dress and bloomers, womens, cotton / lace / elastic, designed and made by Capri Sportswear, worn by Irene Combe, Sydney / Newcastle / Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, 1965-1970. Click to enlarge.

Minidress with bloomers by Capri Sportswear

Designed
Irene Combe, born 1951, Sydney, was a fashion model from 1967-1986. At the urging of her husband-to-be, radio announcer, Ward 'Pally' Austin, Irene began her modelling career at 16 ½ years of age, joining Sydney's premier modelling agency, June Dally-Watkins Modelling Agency, late 1967.

The collection is a modelling archive of clothing worn by Irene Combe, 1965-1970, and illustrates a period of immense change in Australia's fashion landscape. Fashion in the 1960s was moving away from the …

Summary

Object No.

2007/211/4

Object Statement

Mini dress and bloomers, womens, cotton / lace / elastic, designed and made by Capri Sportswear, worn by Irene Combe, Sydney / Newcastle / Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, 1965-1970

Physical Description

Ensemble, womens, comprising mini dress and bloomers, cotton / lace, designed and made by Capri Sportswear, worn by Irene Combe, Sydney / Newcastle / Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, 1965-1970

A red and white checked cotton gingham outfit comprising a mini dress and bloomers. The sleeveless dress features a fitted bodice with a high round neckline and high waistline. Neck and waistline trimmed with white lace braid and red ribbon and it has a centre back opening with button fastening. Matching bloomers gathered into leg with white lace and red ribbon insert. Makers marks attached.

Marks

Makers marks attached to inside collar 'AN ORIGINAL FROM / CAPRI SPORTSWEAR / SYDNEY / NEWCASTLE / P'MATTA', 'ALL COTTON'.

Production

Notes

Outfit comprising a mini dress and bloomers designed and made by Capri Sportswear in Sydney, Newcastle and Parramatta, 1965-1970.

History

Notes

This outfit comprising a mini dress and bloomers is part of a collection of clothing worn by Irene Combe during her career as a model, late 1967-1970. Several garments in the collection were featured in various print media and commercial advertising campaigns.

Reminiscences of Irene's early modelling days, provides a colourful contrast to the experience of today's well paid models. Irene recalls that modelling was not a lucrative career in the 1960s. Generally it was up to the model to create 'the look' from a brief outline of requirements supplied by the agency. Models were expected to create several different looks using their own clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as do their own hair and make-up. Irene recalls travelling to photographic shoots on public transport carrying a large vinyl tote bag with clothing draped over her arms and her hair in 'Carmen' rollers.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Irene Combe, 2007

Acquisition Date

10 December 2007

Cite this Object

Harvard

Minidress with bloomers by Capri Sportswear 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 6 May 2021, <https://ma.as/364968>

Wikipedia

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