Ombre-dyed peach silk dress

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, designs by Susan Holmes often featured scalloped edging on yokes and cuffs. Susan used this feature to give structure to the flowing silk that she used for the body of the garment. This three-piece dress made up of a shirt, blouse and sash is an outstanding example. From 1972 to 1979, Susan sold her designs from the Auckland craft market Brown's Mill. Read more about Susan Holmes and her design work in 1970s in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication, The Age of Aquarius: A 70s Revolution in Fashion


Credit: Loan courtesy of Diana Fletcher
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Susan Holmes
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: 3-piece dress
Material: Habutai silk, jacquard silk trim
Features: Stencilled cloud, flower and butterfly motifs
Colour: Peach
Purchase location: Brown's Mill
Exhibition: The Age of Aquarius: A 70s Revolution in Fashion
Date: Late 1970s