Slub silk going away dress
This Christian Dior by El Jay garment was Helen Newfield's going-away dress when she married in January 1966. "I paid £33/1/6. The staff at the El Jay Boutique kindly gave me an extra piece of the dress fabric to use to have a matching hat made. At that time I was earning £36 a fortnight as a teacher in Hamilton so this dress was quite an investment." Read more about Gus Fisher and the El Jay label in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Looking Terrific: The story of El Jay.