Evening dress with floor length cap sleeves

Betty bought this dress from Farrys in Invercargill. The shop girl, who was called Bryce, told Betty that this dress was a winner in the Benson & Hedges Fashion Design Awards. It cost her a whole month's wages which was quite a lot of money as Betty was a PE teacher at St Catherine's. She needed to be well turned out for the formal occasions that she attended with her husband who was the chairman of the stock exchange. Read more about 1970s fashion in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication The Age of Aquarius: A 70s Revolution in Fashion. 


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Betty McCrostie
Designer: Unknown
Manufacturing location: The House of Raymonde, Kingsford Smith Street, Wellington
Garment type: Evening dress
Material: Polyester crepe, polyester figured chiffon
Features: The dress features silver braid on the belt and trailing floor length sleeves in chiffon with a circle motif.
Colour: Black, silver
Purchase location: Farrys, Invercargill
Label: House of Raymonde
Date: 1970s