Sleeveless dress with lace cape

This Bruce Papas dress was sold at his salon in the 246 Shopping Centre on Queen Street, Auckland. The former Milne & Choyce designer moved into 246 in 1965. Many of his clients followed, keeping him and his staff of five extremely busy designing one-off gowns and formalwear. The salon was decorated in white with a marble table, mirrors and gilded chairs. Only one garment was ever on display, the rest were kept out of sight in mirrored cabinets. Read more about Bruce Papas in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication, A Certain Style.

Details

Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Fiona Ralph
Designer: Bruce Papas
Garment type: Dress
Material: Silk, guipure lace
Features: Curved seam in the front of the skirt
Exhibition: A Certain Style: Bruce Papas, March 2018
Label: Staevro Boutique
Date: 1968