Identity is shaped through the consumption and wearing of dress. This talk focusses on dress in colonial New South Wales and the shaping of a nascent Australian character. Photographs, miniatures, scientific and technological equipment, decorative arts as well as surviving garments made and used in NSW between 1788 and 1901 will be used to explore the significance of fashion and dress in colonial NSW.
REBECCA EVANS is an Assistant Curator at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney and a founding member of the Australian Dress Register. Rebecca has worked on projects including Love Lace: Powerhouse Museum's International Lace Award (2011), A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity (2014), and is currently curating an exhibition of Australian colonial dress, opening mid-2016.
This lecture is generously supported by The Friends of The Johnston Collection.