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During the latter part of the 19th century, the press deemed Mrs Janet Walker to be the leading costumiere and private dressmaker in Brisbane. Having established her dressmaking business in 1882, she operated it for 56 years, eventually retiring at the age of 88.
Dr Michael Marendy has taught in the TAFE and university sectors, as well as working as a clothing designer and textile conservator. He is currently a conservation and curatorial consultant, and has collaborated on numerous costume and textile exhibitions at museums across Australia.
In this lecture, Dr Marendy will discuss why Mrs Walker was deemed the leading costumiere, outline the growth of her business empire and highlight some of her dress and costume designs.
Photo Credit: The State Library of Queensland
Dress Credit: The Queensland Museum
5.30pm, Tuesday 25 September