Display of costume from the Grainger Museum Collection (2018)


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Display of costume from the Grainger Museum Collection (2018)


Left to right
Mannequin 1
Ella and Percy Grainger, Shirt, c.1930s. Machine sewn shirt with manufactured towelling hand sewn to sleeves. 04.5228
Ella and Percy Grainger, Tunic, c. 1930s. Towel, Machine and hand-sewn using Australian Dri-Glo towels. 04.5396

Mannequin 2
Ella Grainger, Jacket, c.1933. Towel, cotton tape. 04.5381
Ella can be seen wearing this outfit in a photograph taken by Frederick Morse in 1933, standing on her veranda in White Plains, New York.

Unknown maker, Striped top, c.1930s. Cotton. 04.6812

Unknown maker, Shorts, c.1930s. Linen, hand sewn patches. 04.6887
These white linen shorts are heavily patched and hand mended. They were worn by Ella Grainger on her 1933-1934 L'Avenir voyage to Australia. Grainger’s original museum label labels reads: “Worn on L'Avenir 1934 originally trousers (mother's time) shortened by Ella on board" and "Shorts worn by Ella Grainger in photo taken in White Plains Summer 1933 before leaving with L'Avenir for Australia".

Unknown maker, Espadrilles, 1930s. Canvas with cotton laces and rope soles. 04.5107

Mannequin 3
Jean-Philipe Worth (1856-1926), France, Coat and skirt, 1920. Black silk taffeta 04.6882, 04.6883
The historic French high fashion House of Worth was founded in 1858 by designer Charles Frederick Worth. It continued to operate under his descendants until 1952, and finally closed in 1956. This skirt and coat was purchased by Rose Grainger from the American speciality store Henri Bendel, on 57th St, New York. The original receipt for US $425 is held in the Grainger Museum. Percy Grainger’s published tribute to his mother, Photos of Rose Grainger (1923) features multiple photographs of Rose Grainger wearing the Worth outfit.

Unknown maker, Blouse, early 1920s. Cream crepe de chine 04.6810

Edward Gersett, London, Mauve glacé kid leather court shoes with Louis heels belonging to Rose Grainger, c. 1908. Leather, with diamanté trim, pink satin and white kid leather lining. 04.5093.

Mannequin 4
Ella and Percy Grainger, Towelling outfit belonging to Percy Grainger, c.1934. Towel, buttons. 01.3351, 04.5372, 04.5374


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