This outfit was designed and manufactured in Melbourne by Prue Acton P/L in 1981. It was part of the "Cavalier" range which developed from Prue Acton's 1981 Melbourne Cup outfit. Possibly originally worn with that outfit. Based on the 'Cavalier' theme, inspired by the Romantic movement of the time, as exemplified by English pop group Adam and the Ants.

It was later worn at the donor's 25th anniversary Parade in 1988.

Physical Description

Two piece grey wool pant suit: (1) Knee length charcoal grey swing coat, cotton with metallic grey leather trim at pockets and cuffs. Coat is cut very full, falling from the shoulders, with puffed sleeves and deep cuffs. Front is fastened with grey mother-of-pearl buttons. Coat has shoulder pads and is lined in grey corduroy. (2) Charcoal grey corduray pants, cut full to the knee then tight. Wide waist band and calves are of metallic grey leather. Back fastened by a zip and hook- and- eye. Zips also from knee to ankle.

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