Beige jersey knit day dress

Jenifer Hart remembers having to entertain some important dignatories from the United Kingdom. "We had a formal dinner in a private dining room in the then best Wellington Hotel, the James Cook. I wore my El Jay dress with black patent leather stiletto shoes. On my dress I wore a large gold Lion brooch, which I had inherited from my grandmother, and I felt very elegant." The brooch had been given to her grandmother by one of the visiting Lions Rugby teams in the 1920s. Read more about Gus Fisher and the El Jay label in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Looking Terrific: The story of El Jay.


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of J E Hart
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Maker: El Jay
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Day dress
Material: Jersey knit
Features: This is a simple and understated dress with an elasticised waist and drawstring belt
Label: El Jay
Date: Circa 1972