The Johnston Collection

Fashion labels from the collection of the Brighton Historical Society

Tuesday 10 Mar 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


The Brighton Historical Society houses a significant costume collection which has a strong local provenance. Donated to the society from the 1960’s onwards by Brighton residents, many of the garments bear labels from nineteenth and twentieth century Australian and overseas fashion houses and retailers which no longer exist. These garments bear testament to a vibrant local design, manufacturing and retail industry, while also reflecting the tastes of Melbourne clients who wore and treasured them. This lecture will focus on labeled garments in the collection dating from the 1890s to the 1970s, including George & George, Beatrice Cook, Harntnell of Melbourne and Ricki Reed.

Laura Jocic & Annabel Butler  worked together on the Brighton Historical Society's Costume Project which received a Local History Grant through the Public Records Office Victoria.

Laura is undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne researching dress and its role in colonial Australian society. She is a former curator of Australian Fashion and Textiles at the National Gallery of Victoria where she curated the exhibitions Australian Made: 100 Years of Fashion and Linda Jackson Bush Couture. Her most recent lecture for the Johnston Collection was From drapers to department stores: the colonial Australian context (2019).

Annabel has a background in theatre costuming, shoemaking, product design, image consultancy, costume history storytelling, project development and management. Currently consulting across a range of industries and developing new works to further engage audiences in the human stories of our clothing history.

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Tuesday 10 March, 2020
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