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The magnificent silk brocade dress was brought from England to Australia and passed down through five generations of the one family. It is the oldest dress in the National Museum’s collection.

Cheryl Crilly, curator:

Beginning in the 1730s the story of this dress — its design and construction, how it was worn, altered, cherished and preserved — has been shaped by a long line of women.

In our collection

One-piece cream muslin dress with embroidered leaf patternA one-piece cream muslin dress with an embroidered leaf pattern. It is full length, with long sleeves, a high waist, and a train. The front-opening bodice has a top layer which wraps across, and a bottom layer which covers only the bust. The bodice has been altered. The shirred band across the centre front has an insertion of ma...
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