A lasting image made of cloth - The Dorothy Nicol Historic Fashion Collection

Walsh, S 2008, A lasting image made of cloth - The Dorothy Nicol Historic Fashion Collection, Masters by Research, Fashion and Textiles, RMIT University.

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Title A lasting image made of cloth - The Dorothy Nicol Historic Fashion Collection
Author(s) Walsh, S
Year 2008
Abstract This research is based on the hypothesis that private historic fashion collections have a cultural significance that should be maintained, now and into the future. The case of one such collection, the Dorothy Nicol Historic Fashion Collection is the core focus of the project.

The project developed from the researcher’s long term interest in the broad field of costume history. The research questions that emerged from this hypothesis directed the researcher’s specific involvement with the Dorothy Nicol Historic Fashion Collection.

During the investigation of the Dorothy Nicol Historic Fashion Collection was necessary to identify and develop some particular resources and information that would contribute to the existing body of knowledge in the field of Costume history studies.

The major research contribution took the form of a catalogue of a range of historic fashion items from Dorothy Nicol’s Historic Fashion Collection on the basis of information accumulated during the course of the research investigation.

The justification for this research project emerged from the interests of the owner, and associates who needed to organise and preserve Dorothy Nicol’s historic fashion collection in its specific regional context as well as its wider social and historical environment.

When the researcher was introduced to the Dorothy Nicol Historic Fashion Collection in 1999 its relevance within its community was beginning to gain momentum. The Flappers to Flares fashion parade and catalogue publication in Terang, Victoria in 2000 were important for the growth of the collection’s public profile. A copy of this original 2000 catalogue is included in Book 1 of this project.

During 2000, sustaining the growth of interest in the collection’s activities and developing organisational systems was a challenge identified by the owners and supporters. The need for realistic solutions, tailored to the collection’s organisation, cataloguing and conservation requirements provided a major impetus for this research project and the reason that the researcher was nominated as a consultant to assist Dorothy.

The identification of the resources and relationships needed to assist Dorothy Nicol became the foundation and action of this research project. Following the original cataloguing that was required to produce the 2000 catalogue; a further catalogue (Catalogue 2) was produced during this project. Catalogue 2 advances the formalisation of the Dorothy Nicol Historic Fashion Collection and adds to the wider range of knowledge in the field of costume history studies.

Catalogue 2, entitled Beyond Flappers to Flares, is the main outcome of Book 1 of this research project. Catalogue 2 was developed from case studies nos 1 and 2 which are also included in Book 1 of this project’s research documentation.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Fashion and Textiles
Keyword(s) historic
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