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Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history
Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history Poverty Bay - taonga maori
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Poverty Bay - taonga maori

     

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.