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Front and rear view of a peach-coloured dress with embroidery and applique in peach, white, yellow and gold. The dress has a detachable sash on the back. The skirt of the dress includes several petticoat layers. The top of the bodice and the sleeves are overlaid with white lace.
Irish dancing costume designed and made by Rachel Franzen in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2008.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2009
ISSN 0818-7142
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Cover image: Detail of Irish dancing costume designed and made by Rachel Franzen in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2008.

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