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Australian Dress Register

Institution: 

Powerhouse Museum

Designer: 

in-house

Category: 

Research | Online Collection

Why

The Australian Dress Register documents significant and well provenanced men’s, women’s and children’s dress in New South Wales dating up to 1945. It aims to assist museums and private collectors to recognise and research their dress collections and support better care and management. It engenders an improved understanding of dress in its wider historical context and helps to ensure information about its origins is recorded while still available and within living memory.

While the content the site documents is old, it seeks to present it using modern technologies such a python/Django code-base, faceting/indexing via Solr as well as having an intriguing SVG based timeline view of the garments contained within. Furthermore the site encourages users to comment on garments as well as sharing links to them via social media channels thus enhancing discoverability of the garments online.