Issue 3: Editors' Letter

Dear TFA Readers,

We'd heard rumours about an incredible collection of 18th, 19th and 20th century garments held at a historical house in Bowen Hills. We were skeptical at first (one person's idea of a significant collection could turn out to be a small box of tattered dress-ups) but as ever, we were keen to follow whatever trail we could. We arranged to visit Miegunyah House Museum and were immediately impressed by the house itself, the beautiful furnishings and decorative arts held inside, and how welcoming the generations of volunteers were. Little did we know that underneath the house was an ordered storeroom full to the brim with garments, including some of major historical significance.  You'll get a chance to become acquainted with this collection through two exclusive features in this Issue.  

Also on the theme of discovery, we're really proud to examine more closely the overlooked history of Indigenous fashion and dress in Queensland. Margaret Maynard touched on this topic in as part of her broad history of Queensland dress.  To delve into the subject in greater detail, we invited Amanda Hayman, an artist and community cultural development leader, to talk us through Indigenous dress and style from pre-European settlement through to the important political time of the 1960s. We'll be covering more on this topic in subsequent Issues, and we're excited that Amanda will be bringing us up to the latest in contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fashion design in Issue 4.

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 next fortnight!

Nadia Madeleine

Cherbourg annual debutante ball, 1951

A Brief Redress of Indigenous Fashion in Australia

Amanda Hayman

The proud, but untold, history of Indigenous dress and fashion over key moments of social, cultural and political change in Queensland.

Miegunyah House

Miegunyah House Museum

We step inside Miegunyah House Museum, a rare example of 1880s residential architecture and an unexpected treasure trove of fashion history.

Fancy dress costume (Miegunyah Collection), ca. 1885

Paula Dunlop and Miegunyah House Museum

Contemporary Brisbane dressmaker Paula Dunlop creates a colourful beaded work that borrows a motif from an elaborate 1880s fancy dress costume.

Joshua Jones

Joshua Jones

Fashion consultant and dapper man-about-town Joshua Jones talks luxury and menswear with TFA.

Amanda Hayman in front of Reko Rennie artwork, Sydney, 2013

Amanda Hayman

Amanda Hayman recalls her surprise discovery of her grandmother’s influential style.

Kellie Alderman, 2013

Kellie Alderman

Kellie Alderman reflects on her small town upbringing and its impact on her desire to use fashion as an exotic escape.

Barbara Heath, 2013

Barbara Heath

Jeweller to the Lost, Barbara Heath, explains why design objects are so significant in our lives.

Three women on board a cruise ship bound for The Great Barrier Reef, ca. 1933

Far North Queensland

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 Three we take you to Far North Queensland.

Paul Hunt in his studio, 2012

Paul Hunt

Fashion designer Paul Hunt explains his use of the term couture, the process of working with clients to create a custom gown, his love of diverse shopping districts and why we need more of them in Brisbane.

View along Adelaide Street from George Street with the buildings decorated for the Royal Visit, 1954, (Woulfe & Sons can be seen in the background)

Patrick Woulfe

An astute business man and innovative retailer, Patrick Woulfe directed Woulfe and Sons, a large tailoring business with several locations in Queensland.