Ruby Kay, née Kemelfield, Barry Kay's mother; studio photograph taken in Melbourne in 1924, showing her in her wedding dress; details of headdress and veil; gelatin silver photograph; author Spencer Shier, art photographer; Library Barry Kay Archive; Barry Kay Scenery &Costume Designer and Photographer; in creating costumes, the way Kay's extremely fashion-conscious mother dressed was an endless source of inspiration to him.


Ruby Kay, née Kemelfield, Barry Kay's mother; studio photograph taken in Melbourne in 1924, showing her in her wedding dress; detail of embriodered lace dress; gelatin silver photograph; author Spencer Shier, art photographer; Library Barry Kay Archive; Barry Kay Scenery &Costume Designer and Photographer; in creating costumes, the way Kay's extremely fashion-conscious mother dressed was an endless source of inspiration to him.



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Ruby Kay, née Kemelfield, Barry Kay's mother; studio photograph taken in Melbourne in 1924, showing her in her wedding dress; gelatin silver photograph; author Spencer Shier, art photographer; Library Barry Kay Archive; Barry Kay Scenery &Costume Designer and Photographer; in creating costumes, the way Kay's extremely fashion-conscious mother dressed was an endless source of inspiration to him.



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Ruby Kay, née Kemelfield







Barry Kay's mother in her wedding dress, 1924





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Gelatin silver photograph
15.1 x 26 cm; 5.95 x 10.24 ins
mounted on card board

Author: Spencer Shier, art photographer

Backing board blind embossed recto, lower right:
Spencer - Shier
Howey House, 246 Collins St., Melbourne



In creating costumes, Barry Kay's mother and his aunt Dolly, both extremely fashion-conscious ladies, were an endless source of inspiration. The way they dressed provided him with a wealth of ideas. They keep recurring in a great number of his character costumes in a variety of ballets he designed.





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