Strapless silk chiffon cocktail dress

The cornflower blue silk over lavender lining creates a shot effect. This garment has a small silver and black El Jay reg. label with silver tips. Much of the garment manufacturing involved hand sewing; hooks and eyes, hems and in this example the ruching on the bodice were all done by hand. As an apprentice in the ragtrade this is where you started - on the hand-finishing table. Read more about Gus Fisher and the El Jay label in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Looking Terrific: The story of El Jay.

Details

Credit: Across the Board, costume rental collection, Auckland
Maker: El Jay
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Cocktail dress
Material: Silk chiffon
Features: The draping is hand-stitched into place.
Colour: Cornflower blue
Label: El Jay
Date: Circa 1959