The Basket

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Coat dress in heavy Italian cotton bull drill, printed and hand-embroidered with Robyn Mayo's artwork 'Gardenia with Aboriginal Basket'.

In this piece, Mayo’s artwork is intricately mirrored to an almost psychedelic effect, perfectly positioned around the wearer’s body through custom placement print. Roots and blossoms tangle and grow as the basket itself gains central focus: aptly placed on the pockets, it gains tridimensional depth through a cacophony of hand-embroidery in dissonant techniques, ranging from fine metallic thread to thick cotton knots. Dense macrame tassels cascade down the hem, giving the garment movement and heft.

A classic 1950s silhouette is revisited: ample bell sleeves and a sharply tailored bodice contrast with a full skirt with exaggerated hem circumference, finishing in a leaf-entwined heart shape positioned neatly on the back.

Passages from Mayo's book 'Vast', in which Mayo chronicles her experiences and learnings while travelling through the Australian outback complete the piece, paying homage to Australia's cultural history, flora, fauna and people. The final detail to be discovered, custom-designed horn buttons ripe with thread decorations are hidden beneath the extended lapel, a considered touch for the wearer to discover. 

  • Details

    Heavy weight Italian organic cotton bull drill
    Intricately custom-designed placement print matching across all seams
    Fully lined in lightweight Italian organic cotton bull drill
    Fit and flare silhouette with tailored bodice, fitted waist and extravagantly oversized circle skirt
    Heavy woolen feature embroidery with hand-woven macrame fringing on side skirt
    Wide embroidered waist tie to accentuate shape
    Exaggerated bell sleeve with wide printed hem facing
    Underarm cutout detail
    Contrast cotton bind detail on inside sleeve seams and armhole cutout
    Inseam side pockets
    Concealed front button fastening with custom-designed horn buttons emblazoned with hanging thread detail hand-woven in Australia


Size and fit


100% cotton bull drill sourced from a fabric and print specialist based in Como, Italy, who have realised iconic prints for Dries Van Noten, Versace and Alexander McQueen.