Dress, c.1950s, donated by Miss Nancy Pyke, 1985.129.a
In contrast with the circular skirt, another style which found favour in the 1950s was the pencil skirt, which fitted the female form closely. A divide, or inverted pleat, was often incorporated into the back of the skirt to enable ease of walking. This dress also has another characteristic peculiar to 1950s style: it has non-functioning, diamond shaped panels under the arms. The unusual olive-green pleated detail on the front adds interest to a simple but well-cut garment. This dress was made in New Zealand under the ‘Siltex’ label.