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

     

Evening dresses, both c.1960s, orange dress donated by Mrs Stephanie Hughes, 1990.9.2.ii, and blue dress donated by Lorna Woodfield Estate, 1986.37.92

The 1960s saw greater use of the metallic fabrics which were introduced in the 1940s. By the 1960s, bold colours were completely acceptable for everyday wear. These evening dresses feature bold use of colour and clean, straight lines. It was still appropriate for evening wear to fall to the floor. The metallic gold adds detail, and floral or foliage motifs were a popular design feature.

The blue sleeveless dress was owned by Mrs Lorna Woodfield. She was well-known in the community as the owner of the Star of Canada when it was a home in Childers Road. On her death, Lorna bequeathed the Star house to the City and in 1986 it became part of this museum.