Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1914 – 1990

Fashion illustration: Maggie Tabberer in Hall Ludlow outfit. 1959 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 48.9 h x 38.9 w cm sheet 49.0 h x 39.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1987
Accession No: NGA 87.456
  • Born Margaret May Trigar, Maggie Tabberer began modelling in Adelaide. She subsequently moved to Melbourne, becoming a leading fashion model in the 1950s. She was principally a model for photographer Helmut Newton who became her mentor. When Newton left for Paris in 1957, Tabberer moved to Sydney to manage the salon of designer Hall Ludlow, organising shows on his behalf and modelling his clothes. She was named Australian Model of the Year in 1960. She has appeared in various television shows from the mid-1960s, has worked as a fashion writer and editor and created the Maggie T fashion label in 1980.

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