Gwen Gillam was the leading dress designer in Queensland in the 1950s and 60s. Born in Warwick, Gwen opened her first store in Brisbane in 1937 when she was just 20. Over an almost 50-year career she became known as 'the best' in the city, designing and making dresses of 'european' quality for her distinguished clientele.
Gwen Gillam and some of her designs. Courtesy of the Queensland Museum.
The Queensland Museum's retrospective Dressed by the Best: Fashion, Glamour and Gwen Gillam opened on 2 August and will run until 24 February, 2013. There are accompanying events such as talks, curated tours and a special high tea.