Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery
Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history
Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history Poverty Bay - taonga maori
Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery

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Rich in Gisborne, East Coast history

Poverty Bay - taonga maori

The 1960s were particularly innovative in terms of fashion. Economies were fairly stable worldwide, and this was reflected in the burst of new styles ready for the fashionable consumer to try out. London was the centre of fashion once again with new, youth-oriented styles emerging from swinging Carnaby Street. There was a great deal of choice in the 1960s, with variation in fashion between ‘mod’ or ‘Op Art’ designs and conservatively styled, Jackie Kennedy-inspired suits. Towards the end of the 1960s, flared pants and ethnic designs became popular and were forerunners of the hippie style of the 1970s. The fabrics available were largely the same as those available to us today.

The mini-skirt was an important aspect of 1960s fashion. After ascending and descending at intervals since the 1920s, in the 1960s hemlines finally rose up over the knee, but New Zealanders were somewhat slow to embrace the trend. The English model, Jean Shrimpton, is credited with introducing the mini-skirt to Australasia when she attended the 1965 Melbourne Cup wearing a simple white shift with scandalously bare thighs and, worse still, no hat or gloves. The matrons of New Zealand were horrified; the young took to the new style with gusto!

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Shift Dress                   Blue Evening Dress      Orange Evening Dress     Cape                            Trousers and Blouse