The First Uniform
The first uniform was designed in 1882. The students wore long, button down dress with collars and long sleeves. This was inspired by the culture of France and the fashion trends in the 1882, known as the Victorian Period. Dresses in 1882 were always long and made from either cotton or silk, depending on the wearer's status. Women’s hair was usually long as it was not common to cut their hair in Victorian times. Hair was braided, tied in a bun or twisted.
1965 Uniform of Rose Bay Convent
The current formal summer uniform for students at Kincoppal-Rose Bay is a teal dress, with high top white socks, black polished school shoes and hair tied up in a ponytail or in a braid. Girls in Kindergarten to Year 11 wear white ribbons in their hair, and Year 12 girls have the privilege of wearing red ribbons, to denote their seniority and leadership. There is a teal blazer worn in special occasion, for example, school assemblies. Winter uniform includes a teal patterned tunic with a white collared shirt, a tie and black stockings worn underneath. These uniform are influenced by contemporary fashion trends and culture, as well as new technologies in fabrics and textiles production. Nowadays, women usually wear skirts or dresses above their knee length and most clothing are made from cotton. On the other hand, collars are not as trendy as in the 60s, but Kincoppal-Rose Bay included the collar to maintain the traditions of our uniform design.