Wool evening gown with fringed hemline

Vinka Lucas and her husband David opened their salon, Maree de Maru, in 1962. It was located on Customs Street in Auckland, but they had their eye on the city's busiest street, Queen Street, and they moved there in 1966 with a series of spectacular promotions. 

This evening gown was worn by Miss New Zealand 1970, Linda Ritchie. Linda was given an entire wardrobe sponsored by the New Zealand Wool Board. With the assistance of Jean Lodge she commissioned or purchased daywear, gowns, swimsuits and accessories by some of New Zealand’s most prominent designers.

Details

Credit: Image courtesy of Linda Ritchie Collection. Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa (L2010.34.4)
Copyright: Image © Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa
Designer: Vinka Lucas
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Evening gown
Material: Wool
Features: Swiss wool evening gown with sculptured cream inserts and a curved fringed hemline. A full length Watteau train falls from the halter neckline, and a vinyl floral motif highlights the cleft hemline and flowing train.
Colour: Cream, black
Label: Marée de Maru
Date: 1971