Jimmy Little performance costume

Made in United States, North and Central America, 1973-1978.

This costume has significance because the Indigenous entertainer Jimmy Little wore it on stage during performances. A singer of country, pop and gospel, Little became the first Aboriginal star of Australian popular music. During the 1960s, his unique interpretations of songs like ‘Royal Telephone’, ‘Old Man River’ and ‘That Lucky Old Sun’ became pop hits. He made regular appearances in clubs and on television.

Jimmy Little was born in 1937 on the Cummeragunga reserve on the Murray River. He fol...


Performance costume, consisting of safari suit and shirt, polyester / rayon / cotton / plastic / synthetic triacetate fibre, made by Stafford-Ellinson / Paramount, worn by Jimmy Little, Australia, 1973-1978

Performance costume, consisting of a safari suit and a shirt. Pale green safari suit, consisting of jacket and trousers. Jacket has two tabbed patch breast pockets and two tabbed patch hip pockets. Brown plastic buttons, three at front. Button on left sleeve is half broken off. Gold and brown lining. Maker's label inside at breast pocket 'McGregor of America. Finely tailored in Australia by Stafford-Ellinson'. Trousers are slightly flared, with metal zipper, cream cotton lining. 'J Little' is hand- written in green ink on lining of right back pocket.

Long-sleeved men's shirt, synthetic triacetate fibre material, in multicoloured pattern of circles or bubbles in brown, blue and green. Maker's label reads 'Paramount. Styled in [map of Australia]. Fabric in Arnel Plus. Plastic buttons.


Safari suit made in Australia by Stafford-Ellinson under the brand 'McGregor of America'. Shirt designed in Australia and made by Paramount.


Gift of Jimmy Little AO, 2008
7 May, 2008

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Jimmy Little performance costume 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 23 June 2017, <https://ma.as/379197>
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