Full-length tiered evening dress

Kim Smith used to visit Brown's Mill most weekends, always stopping by to see Susan Holmes. "Susan was very generous in allowing me to try on all her stock. She said she loved to see the clothes on people." Kim wore the dress at a Summer Ball at Sorrento Lounge in Cornwall Park. A "dearly beloved" friend accidentally burnt a hole in the second tier with his cigarette. "If I hadn't loved him so much, I'd have been devastated!"

Details

Credit: Loan courtesy of Kim Smith
Designer: Susan Holmes
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Full-length evening dress
Material: Polyester chiffon
Features: Five tiered, scoop neck dress with handprinted clouds, birds and flowers
Colour: White with lavender, blue and green print
Purchase location: Brown's Mill, Auckland
Label: Susan Holmes
Date: Circa 1977