JUDITH DORSMAN,
MIRANDA PICNIC DRESS

1975, National Film and Sound Archive, NFSA title: 446165. Photograph by Paper and Stills, NFSA. Courtesy of Picnic Productions. National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock is an icon of Australian New Wave cinema. The film – along with significant props, costumes and behind-the-scenes documents – can be found at the National Film and Sound Archive, whose mission is to collect, preserve and share our national audiovisual collection. The Miranda Picnic Dress was designed by Judith Dorsman, who was only 26 when the film was released in 1975. It is central to the story’s mystery, but also illustrates the film’s wider concern with the natural environment rejecting the uninvited visitors. See the rest of the national collection in Canberra.

For more information on this work visit: nfsa.gov.au/collection/online-exhibition/picnic-at-hanging-rock