Velvet jacket with self-covered buttons
Ruby Russell moved to Wellington from Sydney in 1924. Shortly after arriving in New Zealand she reinvented herself and took on the pseudonym, Mary Garden. She established her own dress-making business above 100 Manners Street, Mary Garden Creations. Mary Garden Creations soon became one of Wellington’s best-known local fashion label and within a year over 40 staff were employed to turn Ruby’s designs into reality.