Rosemarie Muller watercolour brocade cocktail dress, 1960s

Rosemarie Muller's earliest business model after moving to NZ with her husband in 1952, was to maintain a rack of finished garments, all designed and sewn by her. As demand for her garments increased she recruited her first employee - another Dutch immigrant - a woman who, while not a trained machinist, was very good at sewing. Eventually Rosemarie would employ more machinists and two cutters to free her up for designing and dealing with clients. By 1993 she employed five people in her workroom.

This particular dress has straps included, but have not been stitched in place, perhaps to adjust to its wearer, and has been photographed with the straps concealed. 


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Nat Dudley
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Rosemarie Muller
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Knee length cocktail dress with draped bodice and soft pleated skirt
Material: Printed silk and metallic brocade, layered floral motif effect in both the print and the weave
Features: Fully boned bodice, Vilene and linen interlining fabrics for structure, acetate lining
Colour: Cream, blue, gold, grey, black
Last published: February 2022
Label: Rosemarie Muller Haute Couture
Date: 1960s