Dress worn for the opening of the Australian parliament, 1901, and altered to reflect the slimmer silhouette of the day between 1910 and 1914. Beaded black silk net and silk satin lined with black wool crepe. Outer layer heavily embroidered with green & grey floss silk, gold-colored metal threads in leaf & flower pattern, and metallic-looking glass beads. Neckline trimmed with black silk velvet ribbons. Museum Victoria
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Banyan, 1830 Not only is this banyan a good example of man's ornate leisure wear, but it also illustrates how fine dress silks from the previous century were recycled in the nineteenth century. This is evidenced in the style of the two pieces and the creases and piecing in the fabric, indicating it is from a former garment. Men were often depicted in portraits wearing banyans, for it made an illusion to a gentleman's high rank, general intellect, and social status.