Leopard print dress

Lucy Hammonds was given this Tigermoth dress by a lecturer at Unitec. He knew of Lucy's research interest in Tigermoth and rescued it from a student who was planning to cut it up for the fabric. The dress was designed by Jo Rose for Tigermoth – an Auckland boutique that was run as a collective during the 1970s and 1980s. Tigermoth had strong links to Auckland's bohemian scene and the Elam School of Art. Sunday News fashion reporter, Judith Baragwanath, was also a great supporter of the boutique. Judith was dismayed when this dress was unplaced in the 1972 Benson & Hedges Fashion Design Awards. She pointed out that the awards entry stated that they were looking for creative, young talent, yet the majority of winners were manufacturers churning out their upcoming season styles. The dress was photographed for the Sunday News, where it was shown with a possum fur bolero and it had a much fuller, longer skirt. Lucy notes that the hem, skirt and cuffs must have been modified. 

Details

Credit: Collection of Lucy Hammonds
Designer: Jo Rose (Miller)
Garment type: Dress
Label: Tigermoth
Date: 1972