Frontier thinking: fear of the frock?

Portrait of Miss Queensland Rhonda Kelly by artist Caroline Barker, 1945

Stylish women, Dr Gertrude Langer, Margaret Cilento, and Joy Roggenkamp, didn’t fit the mythology of modern art in Brisbane, typified by rugged artists like Ian Fairweather and Jon Molvig. Courtney Pedersen considers the place of fashion, urbanity, and women in the mid-century avant-garde.

Beauty, duty, and hope

Detail from the cover of The Australian Women's Weekly, 8th August, 1942

In a time where looking good was considered a patriotic duty, World War II fashion was both creative and thrifty. A look at ‘make-do-and-mend’ style in Queensland, 1939-1945.