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SA in Fashion

Patsy Hall began working as a commercial artist after graduating from the South Australian School of Arts in her teens. Her first paid work was for the well-known Adelaide fashion store Miller Anderson in Hindley Street in the 1940s. It was a time when the city's newspapers contained full-page department store advertisements dominated by women's fashion. Locally owned businesses such as Miller Anderson, John Martin, Charles Birks and Charles Moore promoted the styles of the time. Young Patsy's work included both advertising in-store, as well as pen and ink artwork for the important Advertiser promotions. The State Library is most fortunate to have been gifted many fine examples of Patsy's work.

Patsy Hall Fashion in SA
Patsy Hall: Fashion in SA, PRG 1204/9/11/1

Reproductions of Patsy's artwork will be featured in an exhibition at the State Library together with photographic images depicting a sample of the fashions of South Australian men and women during the twentieth century. The display is being held in conjunction with the Capital Collection, a travelling national exhibition highlighting fashion from four key dates in Canberra's history. It also links with the Art Gallery's exhibition of fashion from the Paris Musee des Arts Decoratifs.

'South Australia in Fashion' can be viewed in the Ante-Room of the Institute Building, corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue from 31 October until the 1 February, excluding public holidays.

Story by: Anthony Laube

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