Printed cotton day dress

Though we often presume it is the mother who is the family creator of home sewn items, in the case of Richelle Williams’ family, father Raymond Dunn was the chief sewer of the fabulous 1960s dresses worn by his wife and two daughters. With no formal training to speak of, Richelle’s parents started off as milliners for their own company, KimRick Millinery, in 1954. They later became leather workers for Playboy Fashions in Dunedin in the 1970s, and eventually moved into shoe making. They worked side by side throughout
 their marriage, but it was Raymond who made the clothes that so richly filled their wardrobes, even whipping up same-day outfits when requested. Read more about the history of home sewing in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Home Sewn.


Credit: Richelle Williams, Dunedin
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Maker: Raymond Dunn
Garment type: Day dress
Material: Printed cotton velveteen
Colour: Multicoloured
Exhibition: Home Sewn: Original New Zealand Fashion (Auckland 2012)
Date: 1969