Eye On Design: Breakfast Dress By Stephen Adnitt

breakfast dress by stephen adnitt photo by gail worley
Photos By Gail

1.5 million cans of Heinz Baked Beans are sold every day in the UK. Australian comic Barry Humphries wore this Breakfast Dress (1997), by costume designer Stephen Adnitt  for Dame Edna’s Work Experience, a TV series in which his alter ego Dame Edna Everage toured UK factories.

breakfast dress 2 by stephen adnitt photo by gail worley

Humphries originally wanted a Baked Beans can costume, to reflect the factory’s product, but I think we can agree that this fantastic dress — an accurate homage to the ‘fry up,’  complete with cascading baked beans at the collar, cuffs and hemline — is much more suitable.

Photographed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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