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2001/101/1 Outfit, womens, comprising evening dress and jacket, rayon / silk / cardboard, by Misses Mooney, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, c. 1935. Click to enlarge.

Womens evening outfit by Misses Mooney

Made
This evening dress with matching jacket is labelled "Misses Mooney, 189 Collins Street Melbourne" and was made in the mid 1930s. It is typical of the type of elegant evening dresses worn by women in the 1930s and is a good example of quality Australian fashion from that period. It is also an excellent example of an early use of the man-made fibre rayon.

The fashionable look for women in the interwar period changed around 1930 from the linear, gamine look of the twenties in favour of softer, …

Summary

Object No.

2001/101/1

Object Statement

Outfit, womens, comprising evening dress and jacket, rayon / silk / cardboard, by Misses Mooney, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, c. 1935

Physical Description

Evening dress with matching jacket made of printed black raylon featuring stylised floral pattern in white, red and green.

Dress: close fitting, full length dress with slight train at back. The bodice is sleeveless with a V-neckline and plunging scooped back. The skirt has a deep double ruffle at the shaped hem. The bodice and ruffles are cut on the cross. The dress has a proper left side seam opening that fastens with five metal hooks and eyes and five metal press studs. It is machine sewn and unlined.

Jacket: short, loosely fitted, tailored jacket has a V-neck and puffed elbow length sleeves. Centre front opening fastens at the waist with one fabric covered button. The jacket is machine sewn and unlined.

Marks

White and yellow fabric label inside centre back neck of jacket 'PHONE C890/Misses Mooney/189 COLLINS ST/MELBOURNE'.

Production

Notes

The dress was made in Melbourne in the mid 1930s. Stylistically it is typical of fashionable evening dresses of that period.

Fashionable dress for women in the interwar period changed around 1930 from the linear, gamine look of the twenties in favour of softer, more fluid streamlined clothes that accentuated the female body. Evening dresses became full length and softer fabrics were used to mould the body and fall into soft drapes. This new fluidity was achieved by cutting the dress material on the bias or across the grain of the fabric which gives it more elasticity and draping quality. The bias cut technique was not new but taken up and perfected in the 1930s. The bias-cut dominated dress design during the 1930s and was encouraged by a general revival of interest in classical art; evening dresses were especially suitable for recreating the effect of the soft draperies of Antiquie staturary. The look was popularised by Hollywood as film exerted a strong influence on 1930s fashion.

Dress is labelled Misses Mooney 189 Collins Street Melbourne. Little is known of the maker Misses Mooney of 189 Collins Street. Melbourne at that time had a thriving clothing industry. Quality women's fashions were typically made by small dressmaking establishments.

This dress was made c.1935.

History

Notes

Original owner unknown as dress was purchased at an antique shop by donor who shortly after presented it to the Museum

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Kylie Winkworth, 2001

Acquisition Date

21 October 2001

Cite this Object

Harvard

Womens evening outfit by Misses Mooney 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 May 2022, <https://ma.as/9678>

Wikipedia

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