Hand-painted evening gown

Svelt designer, Kerrie Hughes, models one of her garments in 1980. Svelt Boutique was a collaboration between Kerrie and fellow Wellington Polytechnic graduate Di Jennings. In 1986 Kerrie was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council and Craft Council grant to study costume collections in the United States, Europe and England. She remained in London for more than two decades.


Model Kerrie Hughes
Credit: Photo courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library.
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Designer: Kerrie Hughes
Garment type: Evening gown
Features: The fabric is hand painted and embroidered.
Colour: Gold, purple
Label: Svelt
Date: 1980