Grey & black crimplene dress

In the late 1960s, it was difficult for new manufacturers to obtain an import licence. Maurice Mihotich of Miss Deb worked with Levin's Levana Knitting Mill to develop this fabric. "We asked for a snakeskin print and they submitted a design to us which was very similar to the final manufactured fabric." The fabric was used to make a range of garments, including a one-piece jumpsuit. This tunic dress was originally paired with snakeskin print trousers.


Credit: Courtesy of Alison Gracie
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Maurice Mihotich
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Dress
Material: Crimplene
Features: The snakeskin-patterned fabric was created exclusively for Miss Deb.
Colour: Grey, black
Exhibition: Decades of Fashion, Palmerston North, 2014
Label: Miss Deb
Date: Circa 1969