Coat and felted wool vest ensemble

Zambesi is not only one of New Zealand's most iconic labels, but also one of its longest-running. Launched by Elisabeth and Neville Findlay in 1979, the brand is renowned for its directional designs, which have garnered international attention, gathered a dedicated fan base and inspired a new generation of designers. Elisabeth's 'Costume to bind one to a sustained style' is part of the Intellectual Fashion Show 2016 exhibition. The garment label read: "Costume to bind one to a sustained style eg. - connection - emotion - endurance- strength - foundation - memory - desire - freedom - restraint - imagination - realism - intuition - independence - depth - texture - unique - consistent - sustainable - past - present - future - familiarity - trust - loyalty - longevity"


Photographer: Fraser Chatham
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Elisabeth Findlay
Garment type: Coat, top, vest, skirt, boots, bag
Material: New Zealand deerskin (skirt, coat, bag) wire mesh (top), felted wool (vest), leather (boots)
Colour: Black
Label: Zambesi
Date: 2016