Influences of western fashion in australia

Influences of western fashion in australia

Fashion Studies Lecture – week 3

Influences of western fashion in Australia in the 19th C

Was there recognition of fashion by the British settlers?
The industry of making fashion and clothes – convict women employed
Globalisation has allowed Australia to share the spotlight in international fashion

First Europeans settled during the late 18th c – “age of enlightenment”
Convicts relied on gov for clothing – “slops” cheap ill fitting clothing worn my male and female
Male convicts wore outfits which differentiated them from non convicts (short for convicts and long jackets for gov officials. Except for the “dandy” – short, fitted jacket etc)
Margaret margard quote
Greatest challenge for the colony was clothing supply as the cheaply made clothing wore very quickly. Letters show they were running low or had completely run out of garments for the convicts
2nd fleet: noted that many male convicts had no trousers or shirts or no clothing at all
supply of new clothing was irregular and if it did arrive it was often damaged
dress of the convicts was variable, making it difficult to distinguish who was convict and not. Uniform was then introduced – blue used for convict clothing, though often issued with other colours such as red
garments were introduced which reflected a jesters outfit making the convicts look like fools and the laughing stock
addition of yellow and branding with arrows furthered this
1830s after was only when convict clothing became regular and uniform
female dress depiction of convicts very rare
female convicts were not required to wear uniform until 1820s, although were issued with gov clothing but it was harder to keep their dress under control
“flashmob” voiced displeasure by wearing earrings and silk scarves to protest treatment of convicts at a factory in Tasmania
working class dress similar to female convict gov issued clothing
free settlers arrived in 1790s, became first bushmen developing signs of practical...

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