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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Poverty Bay - taonga maori

     

 Flapper dress, 1920s, donated by Janet Scott, 1989.113

This honey-coloured, beaded dress has many of the characteristics of flapper attire. It is sleeveless, knee length, heavily beaded and has a dropped waist. The hem would have flicked up while the wearer was dancing, and she may have powdered or rouged her knees to show them off!

This dress is one of several very high quality flapper-era garments in the museumís collection.