Brushstroke print playsuit

This playsuit belonged to Robyn Tate's Nanny (Evelyn Eliason, nee Williamson) who loved all things about summer. "Nanny and Pop bought a caravan in the early 70s, which gave her the ultimate excuse to spend summers at the beach. Most of the grandchildren had turns staying with them. Pop wasn’t as keen on the whole beach thing as Nanny was, so it was usually her that kept us entertained. She would take the boys fishing and would curse and swear when the lines went into 'birds’ nests' as she called it. She would then spend hours trying to untangle them. We would explore rock pools and collect shells from the beach. Nanny swam right beside us in the sea making sure we were safe. I can remember so vividly coming home along the coast towing the caravan from Oakura Beach after spending a weekend there. Looking out to sea, the sun wasn’t far off setting and I had a little transistor radio that was playing Fleetwood Mac’s 'Albatross'. Every time I hear that song it reminds me of that, one of my favourite memories of my grandparents."

Details

Credit: Courtesy of Robyn Tate
Credit: Courtesy of Robyn Tate
Designer: Unknown
Maker: Unknown
Manufacturing location: Unknown
Garment type: Playsuit
Material: Cotton
Features: Brushstroke print
Colour: White, red, black, blue, yellow & green
Exhibition: At the Beach: 100 Years of Summer Fashion in New Zealand October 2015 - February 2016.
Label: Unknown
Date: 1940s