Dame Edna's Breakfast Dress

Costume
1997 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 55, Clore Study Area
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The Australian actor, satirist, author and comedian Barry Humphries, born in 1934 in Australia as John Barry Humphries, has become a much-loved and celebrated figure on stage and television in Great Britain as his alter-ego character Dame Edna Everage whom he originally created in the 1960s as a drab housewife from the Melbourne suburb Moonee Ponds. As Edna metamorphosed from a dowdy woman with hat and handbag to a glamorously spectacled gladioli-obsessed 'gigastar', 'squillionairess' and Dame, Humphries ensured that his outfits were as eye-catching and flamboyant as his creation. He regularly worked with the designer Stephen Adnitt to create his witty and ingenious costumes, after they met at London Television in the late 1980s when Adnitt was working on the programme The Dame Edna Experience.

With its design based on a gingham tablecloth and plate of cooked breakfast complete with cutlery, the Breakfast Dress is an excellent example of a witty costume thoughtfully created to relate meaningfully to his audience - in this case the staff at the baked beans' factory that Edna was visiting for one episode of the BBC television programme Dame Edna's Work Experience, produced in 1996 by DLT Entertainment UK.


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Materials and Techniques
Polyester crêpe, dip-dyed and decorated with plastic, polyurethane foam and PVC simulations of food and cutlery
Brief Description
Dame Edna's Breakfast Dress, designed by Stephen Adnitt and worn by Barry Humphries as Dame Edna Everage in the television programme Dame Edna's Work Experience 1997.
Physical Description
Costume designed by Stephen Adnitt.
Credit line
Given by Barry Humphries
Object history
The Breakfast Dress was worn by the performer Barry Humphries appearing as Dame Edna Everage, a comedy character created by him. The costume was made for the production 'Dame Edna's Work Experience' (1996).
Association
Summary
The Australian actor, satirist, author and comedian Barry Humphries, born in 1934 in Australia as John Barry Humphries, has become a much-loved and celebrated figure on stage and television in Great Britain as his alter-ego character Dame Edna Everage whom he originally created in the 1960s as a drab housewife from the Melbourne suburb Moonee Ponds. As Edna metamorphosed from a dowdy woman with hat and handbag to a glamorously spectacled gladioli-obsessed 'gigastar', 'squillionairess' and Dame, Humphries ensured that his outfits were as eye-catching and flamboyant as his creation. He regularly worked with the designer Stephen Adnitt to create his witty and ingenious costumes, after they met at London Television in the late 1980s when Adnitt was working on the programme The Dame Edna Experience.



With its design based on a gingham tablecloth and plate of cooked breakfast complete with cutlery, the Breakfast Dress is an excellent example of a witty costume thoughtfully created to relate meaningfully to his audience - in this case the staff at the baked beans' factory that Edna was visiting for one episode of the BBC television programme Dame Edna's Work Experience, produced in 1996 by DLT Entertainment UK.
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
S.3400-2015

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