Two-piece evening ensemble

Marilyn Sainty made this evening ensemble for Wendy Ganley to wear to a fashion ball in Auckland in about 1973. Wendy wore it with a long, deep pink velour cardigan.

Marilyn began her fashion career at Wendy's label, Elle, in the 1960s. After working in Sydney, including a spell as part-owner of Starkers boutique, Marilyn returned to New Zealand. She  took over as designer at Elle for a year, which gave Wendy more time with her children.

Details

Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Wendy Hall (nee Ganley)
Designer: Marilyn Sainty
Garment type: Evening top, skirt
Material: Sateen
Features: Skirt has a basque of sewn down tucks
Label: Elle
Date: Circa 1973