Sunday, 2 October 2011

Dame Enid Lyons: "Right on the Tick"

Dame Enid Lyons was the first woman elected to the Australian House of Representatives (1943) and the first woman appointed to the Federal cabinet (1949).

"The Dame is not only up to the minute in politics; she is right on the tick with regard to fashion. In the first photographs to hand of her as vice president of the Executive Council she is wearing with her smart lightweight suit a string of pearls, and strain of elections and all, she wears the pearls knotted in quite the latest style"

The Bulletin, December 28, 1949

The Bulletin was silent on what Robert Menzies wore to swear her in.

1 comment:

  1. Dame Enid usually wore something around her neck, be it knotted pearls or a scarf, to hide a scar from a goitre operation, rather than to make any particular fashion statement!