Cinnamon dress with fur trim & hat

This dress is just one of many garments, including a 1973 wool jersey suit, made by El Jay from the wardrobe of the late Edna Coutts [nee de Marr]. Edna was known for her sense of style and her sister Vena de Marr was one of Gus Fisher's favourite models in the late 40s and early 50s. Edna gave this dress and matching hat to her granddaughter who was interested in her vintage pieces and wore them too. 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 Jennifer Gill
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Marc Bohan
Maker: El Jay
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Day dress, hat
Material: Wool, mink fur trim
Features: The flat roulé used for the seam line and front bow trim is repeated in the hat.
Colour: Cinnamon
Purchase location: The French Shop, Remuera, Auckland
Label: Christian Dior by El Jay
Date: Circa 1968