Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery
Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history
Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history Poverty Bay - taonga maori
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 Evening dress, c.1920s, donated by the Lysnar Family, 1979.21.4

While the fast-paced lifestyle and relatively scanty clothing of the flappers were not embraced by the wider public, many aspects of their style trickled down into mainstream attire, as the fashionable straight lines and dropped waist of this evening dress show. The floral sprays made of velvet and wire add a unique twist to this gown and the silk gives a feeling of luxury.

This dress was donated to the museum by the Lysnar family, who were very prominent in the Tairawhiti region. The dress may have been worn by Winifred Lysnar or perhaps by her mother, Ida.