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outfit; gown, coat and shoes

Object / Artefact › Applied Arts and Design
  • Description
    outfit, cocktail gown and matching jacket and shoes all coral coloured Thai silk, jacket is knee length, swing style, single breasted, five large self covered buttons to centre front with bound button holes, three quarter length raglan sleeves, decorative rows of top stitching to opening, on tailored lapels and in a circle around the slit pockets to hips, triangular panels to front sides, darts to back shoulders, fully lined in light pink silk, ties in same fabric sewn to lining; dress is sheath style, sleeveless and knee length with interesting diagonal darts and panels to front, vertical darts to back, welt pockets at hips, scoop neckline coming to point at centre front, trimmed with bow in same fabric, hand beading around neckline, zipper and hook and eye fastener to back, fully lined in pale pink silk; shoes are pumps with thick high [boulevard] plastic capped heel slightly squared toe, upper vamp trimmed with bow in same fabric, leather soles and inners


    This evening ensemble, hand-tailored and complete with shoes covered in matching silk, was designed for its owner to wear on a trip to England in the late 1960s.

    At the time this style of sheath dress had become highly fashionable, and this is an example of how designers translated the more casual trend into eveningwear by careful selection of fabric, beadwork and accessories.
  • Place
  • Other Number
    2000.60.1
  • Accession number
    2000.60.1
  • Accession date
    6 February 2001
  • Collection area
  • Item count
    1
  • Record richness

Artefact

  • Credit
    gift of Mrs Kathleen Townsend, 2000, collection of Auckland Museum, Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2000.60.1
  • Notes
    This evening ensemble, hand-tailored and complete with shoes covered in matching silk, was designed for its owner to wear on a trip to England in the late 1960s. At the time this style of sheath dress had become highly fashionable, and this is an example of how designers translated the more casual trend into eveningwear through the careful selection of fabric, beadwork and accessories.
  • Production
    Bruce Papas (couturier)
    Benny's (shoemaker)
    Auckland
    Hong KongSoutheast AsiaAsia
    1967-1968
    Elizabeth II (1952 -), House of Windsor, English reign
    beaded
    machine stitched
    manufactured
  • Signature/marks
    • Benny's/Hong Kong  (manufacturers label)
    • Bruce Papas Ltd/ Model/Made in N.Z.  (designer's label)
    • 68/58/1839 375  (manufacturers mark)
    • Hand Tailored  (designer's label)
    • Benny's/Creation  (manufacturers label)
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • .1 - coat length of back (precise) : 995mm
      (coat: l 955 m back, w 470 mm shoulders, dress: l 855 mm back, w 445 mm shoulders, w 405 mm across waist, shoes: l 270 mm, w 75 mm, h 122 bow)
    • .2 - gown length of back (precise) : 855mm
    • shoes length (approximate) : 270mm
    • shoe bow width (precise) : 75mm
    • .1 - coat width across shoulders (approximate) : 470mm
    • .2 - gown width across waist (precise) : 405mm
    • .2 - gown width across shoulders (precise) : 445mm
  • Classification
  • Record created
    6 February 2001

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