Issue 8: Editors' Letter

Dear TFA Readers,

In this final Issue of 2013, and as the mercury rises, we’re focussing on some of the more revealing garments in Queensland women’s wardrobes: bikinis and lingerie.

Jenyns Corsets was a family run business that lasted over a century, providing women with patented undergarments to create the perfect foundation beneath their fashionable ensembles.

Meanwhile, the Gold Coast & Hinterland Historical Society are the happy custodians of an impressive collection of Paula Stafford bikinis, which rival underwear in their briefness, and some flashy lamé Meter Maid outfits.

Speaking of all things gold and glittery… Alison Kubler reflects on growing up on the gaudy and glamorous Gold Coast, while Paul Hunt transforms a show-stopping gown worn by one of Queensland’s greatest operatic legends, Margreta Elkins.

And if that wasn't enough, we take you inside one of Brisbane’s most enviable wardrobes; that of style maven Deborah Quinn, whose collection of exquisite hats is world-class.

For those of you who are just joining us, our brief introductory essay will provide you with all you need to know about The Fashion Archives project. And you can always catch up by browsing our past issues.

See you in 2014!

Nadia & Madeleine.

Cover image: 'Surfers', illustration by Olive Ashworth, undated (detail). John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

fashion smarts feature

All that glitters probably IS gold: A fashion memory of Queensland’s Gold Coast

Alison Kubler

You can take the girl out of the Gold Coast but you can’t take the Gold Coast out of the girl… curator and writer Alison Kubler shares a personal fashion memory of growing up on the glitter strip, reflecting on the city’s slightly dubious style reputation.

Gold Coast Hinterland Historical Society feature

Gold Coast & Hinterland Historical Society

Bikinis, surf, gold, and glamour make for a surprising historical collection tucked away in Surfers Paradise.

Margreta Elkins caftan gown by Danica of Double Bay

Paul Hunt and The Darnell Collection

Paul Hunt pays homage to a glamorous dress worn by beloved opera singer Margreta Elkins, drawn from the Darnell Collection.

Julie Tengdahl

Julie Tengdahl

Julie shares why she chose to return to Queensland after overseas success, and the challenges of sustaining garment production locally.

Andrew Byrne

Andrew Byrne

Andrew from Brisbane’s The Cloakroom muses on the rise of men’s fashion in Queensland.

Tracy Cooper-Lavery, 2013

Tracy Cooper-Lavery

Rockhampton Art Gallery Director Tracy Cooper-Lavery remembers her student days working in an avant-garde Townsville vintage boutique.

Benjamin Law, 2012

Benjamin Law

Writer Benjamin Law reflects on a Sunshine Coast childhood with its abundance of ill-fitting surf gear.

Climbing sand dunes at Woodgate, 1920 (detail)

Wide Bay-Burnett

TFA’s People & Places is your road-map to the key sites, figures, and scenes that have shaped fashion in Queensland from the late 19th century onwards. In Issue Eight we take you to Wide Bay-Burnett.

Deborah Quinn, 2013

Deborah Quinn

Brisbane fashion maverick Deborah Quinn opens her hat boxes to reveal a special collection of spectacular millinery, including personal favourites and plenty of Stephen Jones pieces.

Jenyns Corsets Figure Types Chart

Jenyns Corsets

Jenyns Corsets was a Queensland fashion success story that lasted close to a century, despite monumental changes to women’s wardrobes.