White polyester flared trousers with patterned lurex blouse, both 1960s, trousers donated by Mrs Margaret Mettner, 1991.39.2, and blouse donated by Mrs Sylvia Hudson, 1996.128.1
The adoption of flared pants in the late 1960s paved the way for the iconic look most often associated with the 1970s. Heavy synthetics like this thick polyester began to be used for everyday clothing. Trousers were accepted as clothing for women during the war years but it was not until the 1960s that they became part of mainstream attire in New Zealand. Here, the pants have been paired with a boldly patterned, cropped lurex blouse. The blouse is New Zealand made by ‘Giselle Originals’.
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