What are the benefits of being an ADR contributor?
The Australian Dress Register is a collaborative online project about dress collections with Australian provenance, pre 1975, that are scattered throughout the country and around the world. This includes men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, ranging from the special occasions to the everyday. Museums and private collectors are encouraged to research their garments and share the stories and photographs while the information is still available and within living memory. The Register encourages people to consider their collections very broadly and share what they know about members of their community, what they wore and life in the past. This provides access to a world wide audience while keeping their garments in their relevant location.

Benefits for the organisations who participate include discovery and recognition of the significance of their collections, training and skills development in the care and documentation of dress and museum best practice, as well as providing corroborating support for grant and funding applications.

The site and its extensive resources provides a valuable forum for discussion within the museum community. The potential audience includes students and teachers from a variety of disciplines, museums and local communities, family and regional historians, theatre/film industry, designers, clothing and textile manufacturers, shoemakers, costumiers, milliners, embroiderers, lace makers, artists, academics and other researchers.

How to be a contributor:
If you have a significant example of Australian dress (pre 1975) we encourage you to become a contributor to the Australian Dress Register. To do this, please apply for a log-in.

The Australian Dress Register is under the Creative Commons licence (CC-BY-NC). Images and record information will be used for non-commercial, educational purposes only. For more information on copyright, see the Terms and Conditions statement when you apply for a log-in.