New Look Ball Dress

This dazzling dress shows off the 1950s 'new look' silhouette of soft shoulder, nipped waist and full skirt. As a highly fashionable woman, Marion Baxter had first hand access to the up and coming fashion trends through her work at the Palmerston North department store Collinson & Cunninghame. Soaking up inspiration, she was constantly sewing for herself and her daughter. Peeling back the layers of the dress reveals its emerald green lining which appears subtly through the double layers of silk organza. The voluminous shape of the skirt is created through meters of fabric and a heavy band of interfacing along the hem, supported by the horizontal tucks
and gathered flounce of the lining. Whilst completely stunning on the outside, this dress offers much more than meets the eye.

Details

Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Sheena Mason and Joanne Davidson
Maker: Marion Baxter
Garment type: Ball dress
Material: 
Organza, embroidered organdie, taffeta lining, sequins,
 self made flowers
Features: The dress has emerald green lining which appears subtly through the double layers of silk organza.
Colour: Black, green lining
Date: 1950s