Lime green & navy going away outfit

Wendy Patterson bought this Raymonde coat and shift dress in Dunedin to wear as her 'going away' outfit in February 1969. "I wore the shift frock in the early 1970s, taking up the hem as the mini craze began." The ensemble was designed by the Wellington-based label House of Raymonde. Jacob and Rachel Cohen founded Ray Manufacturing in the 1930s, later changing the name to the more elegant House of Raymonde as the business developed a fashion profile. The Cohens' three sons later joined the business, working in design, manufacturing and retail. 


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Wendy Patterson
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Designer: Marcus Cohen
Manufacturing location: Kingsford Smith Street, Wellington or Tuam Street, Christchurch
Garment type: A-line coat, shift dress
Material: Celanca terylene
Features: There is hand-done running stitch around the collar, dropped waist seam, buttons and the circular pockets on the the coat and dress.
Colour: Lime green, navy
Purchase location: Dunedin
Label: Raymonde
Date: 1969