Cotton velvet evening dress

"This dress was custom fitted at purchase from a size 16 to my size 12 because I just had to have it!" The French Shop in Remuera had a seamstress who could fit and alter garments for their clients. Margaret Hay chose this dress for a Plunket Ball and accessorised the outfit with patent leather sling-backs, an Oroton Glomesh bag and diamante earrings. 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 Margaret Hay
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Maker: El Jay
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Evening dress
Material: Cotton velvet
Features: This garment features very narrow sleeves closed with a zip.
Label: El Jay
Date: Circa 1972