Cocktail suit with pearl & diamante trim

This suit has a lot of detail with a number of different design features at the collar, cuffs and on the back of the jacket. A tailored suit was considered sophisticated and appropriate attire to be worn to late afternoon and cocktail events. The faux pearl, black glass bead and diamante trim indicates this suit was intended for this sort of occasion. 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: Image courtesy of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, GH009639
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Maker: El Jay (Gus Fisher)
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Women's two piece suit
Material: Marl effect double-faced wool, faux pearl, glass bead, diamante trim.
Features: A fixed belt draws the jacket in at the waist
Colour: Dark red, black
Label: El Jay
Date: Circa 1947