Habotai silk shirt & panné velvet flares

Susan Holmes made this silk shirt shortly after she began to work full time with fabric in 1971, selling her designs from the Auckland craft market, Brown's Mill. Wendy Ganley began her label Elle from a small workroom in Hamilton, but by the early 1970s, she had three stores – one in Hamilton and two in Auckland. Read more about 1970s fashion in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication
The Age of Aquarius: A 70s revolution in fashion


Credit: Shirt loan courtesy of Liz Powell, pants loan courtesy of Kathie Figgins
Copyright: CC BY 4.0 International Licence
Designer: Wendy Ganley (pants), Susan Holmes (shirt)
Manufacturing location: Auckland (shirt), Hamilton (pants)
Garment type: Shirt, pants
Material: Habotai silk (shirt), printed panné velvet (pants)
Features: The shirt is an early example of block printing by Susan Holmes.
Colour: Unbleached natural with purple, blue and red print (shirt), black with jewel coloured print (pants)
Purchase location: Auckland (shirt), Elle Boutique in Hamilton (pants)
Exhibition: The Age of Aquarius: A 70s Revolution in Fashion
Label: Elle (pants), the shirt is unlabelled Susan Holmes
Date: Early 1970s