Evening gown & cape with plissé pleats

In 1965, the people of Taranaki purchased a gown for Jan Furness (nee Barkley) to wear in the Miss New Zealand contest. Jan was 18 years old when she won the Miss Taranaki contest and went to Tarantella Boutique in Auckland to select an evening gown to wear in the contest. The event was sponsored by the Wool Board so the gown had to be made from wool. She also wore the gown as the New Zealand representative in the Miss International contest held in Long Beach, California. Since then, Jan has worn the gown many times - to balls in the late 1960s, and many occasions and televised events. The gown, designed by Joan Talbot of Tarantella, won the Golden Shears Awards in 1964.

Details

Credit: Courtesy of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Credit: Image courtesy of Jan Furness
Copyright: Image copyright unknown
Credit: Photo by Charters & Guthrie, New Plymouth
Copyright: Image @ Photo by Charters & Guthrie, New Plymouth
Copyright: Image @ Photo by Charters & Guthrie, New Plymouth
Designer: Joan Talbot
Garment type: Evening gown, cape
Material: Wool crepe, organza
Colour: Light blue
Purchase location: Vulcan Lane, Auckland
Label: Tarantella
Date: 1964