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Tomorrow is the first day of History Week 2012. This year’s theme is Threads: they wore what?
According to the History Council of New South Wales website, long before the fashionistas of today decided ‘the look’, dress was an important element of human expression. From status to style, culture to professional identity, clothes have defined us. History Week 2012 will explore the history of threads and unpick the meaning behind the wardrobes of the past.
This photograph, from the museum’s Tyrrell Collection, is titled A woman resting on a hillside. There are no further details about the woman or the location but it is clear that she was very conscious of her style. Her pose accentuates the slim lines of her elegant attire. The long fur stole, an accessory that was very fashionable at the time the photograph was taken, is carefully draped to display it to its best advantage. She holds a bunch of wildflowers and wears some flowers pinned at the neck of her blouse and on her hat.
Post by Kathy Hackett, Photo Librarian
Photography by unattributed studio
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