Coral brocade cocktail dress

This dress was owned by Patricia Donnelly who was the Chief Dietitian of the Wellington Hospital Board for 24 years. This dress has been kept in the family because it reminds them of her sense of fashion and her love of colour. The 10 original covered buttons are still where they were sewn on more than 50 years ago. Read more about Gus Fisher and the El Jay label in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Looking Terrific: The story of El Jay.


Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Maker: El Jay
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Cocktail dress
Material: Brocade with lurex
Features: The simulated pocket flaps wrap around the side panels to the back.
Colour: Coral, silver
Label: El Jay
Date: Circa 1961