Collection Online
plastic, metal
(a) 97.0 cm (centre back) 113.0 cm (shoulders) (Clipped bat wing jumper)
(b) 73.0 cm (centre back) 23.0 cm (waist) (Calypso clip skirt)
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of the artist, 1998
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The clipped batwing jumper is constructed from four panels of slashed plastic machine sewn together. The front is made with purple and yellow panels and the back with hot pink and silver panels. The garment is shaped by a series of metal eyelets, threaded with white tubular plastic. There are four eyelets along the neckline, twelve at the waist and four at each sleeve edge. The top edge is randomly decorated with orange plastic ribbon bows tied between the slashes. The matching skirt in a 1950's full "New Look" style, has a clear plastic overskirt. The underskirt is made in eight distinct slashed plastic panels, each in a different colour: blue, silver, purple, pink, green, white, yellow and red. The lower border is threaded with white, yellow, red and green plastic tubing and orange plastic bows are scattered across the surface, tied through the slashes. The skirt is supported by a white vinyl waist-band with a double stud fasteneing mechanism.