Driza-Bone

Driza-Bone, originating from the phrase "dry as a bone", is a trade name for the company making full-length waterproof riding coats and apparel. The company was established in 1898 and is currently Australian owned and manufactures its products in Australia. The trademark of Driza-Bone was first registered in 1933.

This style of coat originated in Australia as workwear for stockmen. The coats were developed to protect horse riders from the rain and feature straps that hold the coat to the rider's leg.

Contents

History

In the late 1800s, a Scot named Edward Le Roy emigrated to New Zealand. He was able to manufacture oilskin rainwear for use by sailors on sailing ships in the local waters at the time. The garments were originally constructed from the lightweight sails of the sailing ships. The waterproofing of the clothing was by application of linseed oil to the cotton. T. E. Pearson, the son of E. J. Pearson who started Pearson Soap in Hamilton, New Zealand, took a consignment of Leroy Coats to Australia. Stockmen at the time had gathered news of this garment from sailors who had subsequently left sailing to work on the land. Because the garments were flammable around campfires, T. E. Pearson worked on developing a new formula for sealing the coats. He did this in the backyard shed of his home in Kangaroo Street, Manly. Pearson subsequently in partnership with Leroy registered the trademark. T.E. died in 1964 and is buried in Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.

Over time, changes were made to the original design in the order of:

  1. longer coat for horse riding
  2. fantail in the back of the coat to cover the saddle
  3. wrist straps to secure the sleeves and stop the arms from getting cold
  4. leg straps to stop the coat from flapping around

As time went by, the linseed oil (while proving satisfactory for waterproofing) went hard and cracked in the hot summers. Le Roy and T.E. Pearson (of Pearson's Sandsoap fame) came up with a new proofing technique. This new proofing technique has remained unchanged to the present day.

In late 2008, the brand was brought back into Australian ownership for the first time in many decades. The acquisition brought with it several influential industry figures, including Steve Bennett (founder of Country Road). This resulted in the immediate relocation of both the Eagleby, QLD head office and primary warehousing facilities to Melbourne, VIC.

Major appearances

2000 Olympic Games

Driza-Bone riding coats were worn by the stockmen and stockwomen at the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Also, the 2000 Olympic Band members wore Driza-Bone coats especially made for them as band musicians, in which the sleeves were made completely differently to the sleeves of the traditional Driza-Bone riding coats worn by the riders. The red, white and blue colours of the Driza-Bone coats for the band members were also different from the usual colour of the Driza-Bone coats. Also, all the medal presenters during the 2000 Summer Olympic Games wore Driza-Bone coats.[1]

Stage musical

Driza-Bone coats were also worn by the cast members of the 2002 theatre musical "The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular".[2] These were designed by the bush/rural clothing enthusiast and designer, Robert Peron, who is a major figure in attempting to have the Driza-Bone accepted as a true fashion item far beyond its status as an Australian icon — Driza-Bones not having entered the fashion lexicon as yet.

APEC Australia 2007

The APEC leaders pose for the official portrait in front of the Sydney Opera House

Driza-Bone coats have recently made an appearance at the 2007 APEC Summit in Sydney. The 21 attendees posed in the group photo wearing Driza-Bone attire. According to an official statement, Mr Howard selected Driza-Bone as the national outfit "with counsel and good advice" from his wife, Janette, and the APEC taskforce.[3]

References

  1. ^ The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular — Theatre Programme
  2. ^ The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular — Theatre Programme and DVD credits
  3. ^ Sydney Morning Herald Article

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Driza Bone — is a international dance music / remixing musical ensemble, led by the record producers / musicians, Billy April and Vincent Garcia. They used various female vocalists to provide the vocal element to their output. Driza Bone (sometimes billed as… …   Wikipedia

  • Driza-Bone — ist ein Bekleidungshersteller in Australien. Driza Bone ist die Kurzform von dry as a bone, was so viel bedeutet wie knochentrocken. Die Firma hat ihren Sitz in Brisbane, Australien. Geschichte Seit 1933 wird der Name für die seit 1898… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Driza-bone — ist eine Bekleidungshersteller in Australien. Driza bone ist die Kurzform von dry as a bone, was soviel bedeutet wie knochentrocken. Die Firma hat ihren Sitz in Brisbane, Australien. Geschichte Ab 1933 wird der Name für die seit 1898 gefertigten… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Driza — Bone oilskin coat …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • driza — Australian Slang Driza Bone oilskin coat …   English dialects glossary

  • I Love Your Smile — Infobox Single Name = I Love Your Smile Artist = Shanice from Album = Inner Child Released = October 22, 1991 Format = CD single, 7 single, 12 single, Cassette single Genre = Pop/R B Length = 4:19 Label = Motown 2093 Writer = Jarvis La Rue Baker …   Wikipedia

  • Culture of Australia — Culture of Australia …   Wikipedia

  • White Lines (Duran Duran song) — Infobox Single Name = White Lines Artist = Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash Melle Mel from Album = Thank You Released = 1995 Format = 12 , MC, CD Recorded = 1995 Genre = Length = 5:31 Label = EMI DD 19 Writer = Melle Mel, Sylvia Robinson… …   Wikipedia

  • Дризабон — В. В. Путин, Дж. Буш и другие лидеры стран АТЭС, одетые в дризабоны Дризабон (Driza Bone …   Википедия

  • Lindy Layton — (born Belinda Kimberly Layton, 7 December 1970) was a founding member of, and vocalist for, Beats International.CareerLayton attended the Barbara Speake Stage School in the 1980s. Her group, Beats International, had a couple of hit singles in the …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.