Pale pink ball dress

A confection of femininity; pale pink, detailed with hand covered buttons and belt, lengths of lace and a demure black velvet bow. The Victorian style, with full sleeves, deep cuffs and high neckline may seem unusual as we associate late 1960s fashion with
the mini dress. However, designers like Biba were creating long dresses at this time and they were set to become very popular in the 1970s. This dress was made for Karen Senior by a neighbour for her final year high school ball. Several months later, with nothing to wear to the local Saturday night RSA dance, Karen remembers adapting the dress by tucking and tacking the hem into the waist line to create a fun and fashionable mini. Read more about the history of home sewing in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Home Sewn.


Credit: Karen Senior, Auckland
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Maker: Mrs D Cowley
Garment type: Ball dress
Material: Organza, taffeta lining, nylon lace, velvet ribbon
Colour: Pink
Exhibition: Home Sewn: Original New Zealand Fashion (Auckland 2012)
Date: 1969