Collection Online
leather, silk, nylon, metal (studs), feathers
(a) 47.0 cm (centre back) 35.0 cm (waist, flat) (dress)
(b) 13.5 × 22.0 × 41.0 (headdress)
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
(a) label, inside bodice lining, woven in gold metallic thread on black acetate: Jenny Bannister
(b) label, inside centre lining, woven in gold metallic thread on black cotton: Jenny Bannister
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1982
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
(a) Strapless dress, the bodice formed with petal shaped grey leather pieces joined with studs resembling a breastplate. The black satin skirt is overlaid with black netting and is ornately decorated with ruche tulle, leather appliqué, feathers and pleated satin in grey, mauve, red and yellow colours. (b) Matching headdress of grey leather decorated with various appliqué leather pieces and is studded and trimmed with two black feathers, featuring a pale pink satin concertina folded crescent positioned in the centre.