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Eileen Joyce's concert shoes
Eileen Joyce's concert shoes
Eileen Joyce's concert shoes
Celebrated pianist Eileen Joyce was raised in Boulder, Western Australia. She was a highly successful box office artist in Britain in the 1940s where her record sales matched Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, and Frank Sinatra. Although she attracted disapproval for her 'Hollywood technique', Joyce revelled in the planning of all aspects of her concert appearances, changing hairstyles, gowns and perfume for various pieces. She commissioned gowns from leading designers of the day, most notably Norman Hartnell who created the coronation gown for Queen Elizabeth II. Pictured here is a pair of Ravne court shoes with rhinestones that Joyce donated to the University along with her collection of personal papers.

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Caption: Brian Dawson
Photo: Paul Malone