Flag skirt & bustier

Designer Sharlee Ghent and seamstress Joy Pointon collaborated on this outfit, which is part of a series of three created for the Style Pasifika competition in 2010. Titled T'he Treaty Kid – The Genetic Medly' it tells a visual story of the unity of New Zealand, combining motifs and traditional clothing styles from Māori and European cultures. The materials, $2 shop flags, created some huge technical challenges that needed to be incorporated into the final garments. Handling caused the dye to rub off, creating variations in the intensity of colours, uneven pleats were used to accommodate the off-grain fabric, and the disparity of the koru motifs distorted the bust line. Made without a pattern and with inferior materials, the outfit is a triumph of the abilities of the designer and seamstress. Read more about the history of home sewing in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Home Sewn.


Credit: Sharlee Ghent, Dunedin and Joy Pointon, Whanganui
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Sharlee Gent and Joy Pointon
Maker: Sharlee Gent and Joy Pointon
Garment type: Skirt, bustier
Material: Grain nylon, interfacing, cotton lining, ribbon, lace, hooks and eyes, NZ Forces brass buttons
Exhibition: Home Sewn: Original New Zealand Fashion (Auckland 2012)
Date: 2010