Evening gown with floor length sheer sleeves

This dress, labelled Maree de Maru, was designed by Vinka Lucas who had a retail store on Queen Street in Auckland. Vinka didn’t possess any garments in dull colours. She recalled with enjoyment the vibrant Croatian celebrations of her girlhood and genuinely wanted her clients to relish the colourful impact she was able to provide. Vinka wore this dress when her family was photographed by Mike Williston in 1979.


Photographer: Mike Williston
Copyright: Image © Anita Lucas
Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Anita Lucas
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Vinka Lucas
Garment type: Dress
Material: Spin art printed chiffon backed with gold lurex through the body and flounce (gown), taffeta (lining)
Features: This halter-neck sheath has a deep flounce at the hem. It has sheer, floor length open sleeves.
Colour: Gold, blue and red
Exhibition: Occasion: Iconic New Zealand Fashion with a touch of glamour! 1965 - 1975 at Waiheke Community Art Gallery July 2015
Label: Maree de Maru Original
Date: 1970s