The Janet Walker Costume Collection



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The Janet Walker Collection consists of twelve women's garments from the early 1890s to the late 1920s. The collection includes ball gowns, wedding dresses and daywear.

Mrs Janet Walker (1850-1940) began her custom made clothing business in the Central Chambers, Queen Street in 1882. From there she moved to larger premises in Adelaide Street in 1886 and 1892, then back to Queen Street in 1919, where she remained until her retirement in 1938. By the end of 1898 Janet Walker employed 120 staff in the 'Ladies Emporium' which had been established in Adelaide Street in September 1896. From 1887 to 1901 the local press acknowledged Janet Walker's designs at eighty-four weddings, fourteen balls, six receptions at the opening of Federal Parliament in Melbourne, as well as describing thirty sets of trousseau garments made at her atelier.


Costume; Custom Made Clothing; Dress; Dressmaker; Dressmaking; Late 19th and early 20th century; Queensland Designers

Dresses; Outfits

Fashion; Fashion design

Janet Walker

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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