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'Fashions come and go but style is forever.'  The correct wording of that advice is 'Mode passes, style remains' as Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel said in 1965. It applies not only to society in general but also to our Dominican sisters. Since 1926, when the Sisters arrived in Camberwell, there have been a number of changes to the habit, always with style. The photos in the gallery below show the habits worn over the years.

We would like to place a replica of the 1955 habit (image on stairs) in our heritage space to share with the Siena community.  Unfortunately, we only have photographs for reference but the Sisters who wore this style of habit assure us that it was a fairly simple design.  If anyone with sewing skills could help us with this project, we would love to hear from you.  Please contact us at

Maureen McAuley and Maria Ang
College Archivists



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