Shirtmaker dress

Production date
1970s
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
A mid length shirtmaker dress made of a synthetic jersey and featuring one piece shirt collar, three quarter sleeves, a front placket opening, self covered buttons and a plaited red belt.
Classification
CH classification COSTUME Daywear woman
Production date
1970s
Measurements
Centre font length 106cms
Centre back length 110.3cms
Shoulder length 12cms
Bust approx. 84 + 10cms (size 10)
Hem width 250cms
Media/Materials description
Synthetic textile, cardboard.
Signature/Marks
Harvey Graham Couturier
Harvey \ Graham \ No: A368 \ Size: W \ Price: $220
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History and use
This synthetic jersey shirtmaker dress from the 1970s is part of a collection of garments designed and made by Brisbane fashion designer and couturier, Harvey Graham.

Graham’s career as a designer spanned the 1950’s to the 1980’s. In the 1950’s Graham had a workroom in Stanley St, South Brisbane and then in 1963, he opened a boutique in the Brisbane Arcade. Graham was recognised for his ability to adapt haute couture for his clients and famed for adopting the Dior H line in his designs by featuring a sash or belt. Harvey Graham was a celebrated member of Brisbane society known for attending all the most fashionable events and being seen about town in his BMW Coupe.

In 1954 Graham collaborated with Brisbane milliner Patrick Ogilvie. Their ensembles were modelled at the opening of an exhibition at the Queensland Art Gallery. They were lauded for their European-influenced style. Harvey Graham also created ready to wear clothes especially later in his career.

Harvey Graham passed away in 1993.

Queensland Museum collection includes several examples of Harvey Graham's designs.
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Registration number
H48823

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