Sandals (pair), women's, leather, worn by Lynn Sutherland, made by Thierry Mugler, Italy, 1985-1986
This outfit has important credentials. It was worn by one of Australia's most successful international models, Lynn Sutherland (b1948) who began working as a fashion model in 1965. She wore this dress to attend the 'Model of the 1970s' event in 1985/6 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Lynn was nominated, having worked for many years around the world with well known photographers such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Patrick Lichfield for magazines such as American, British, Italian and French Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Nova and Linea Italiana. Still working after a career spanning 32 years she defies the norm in the modelling industry where youthful looks are paramount and most careers are short. The outfit is an important complement to the Museum's collection of photographs and archive documenting Lynn's career.
The gown and shoes were designed by Thierry Mugler (b1948) who is known for his love of spectacle and dramatic silhouettes that reflect Hollywood glamour. This garment reflects the theme of his Russian collection of 1986 - broad shoulders and angular lines with a distinct 1940s reference.
Mugler founded his Paris fashion house in 1974 and produced his first couture collection in 1992. He was the first designer to make his parades into performances of the most dramatic nature, often in unusual locations. Having worked as a photographer from 1967, he is also a perfectionist when it comes to visual concepts, marketing and how the garment is portrayed in the media.
This outfit is the Powerhouse Museum's first acquisition of work by Thierry Mugler.
These sandals were designed by Thierry Mugler and made in Italy in 1985-1986.
Worn by Lynn Sutherland at the nominations of the 'Model of the 1970s' event at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.