Slub silk going away dress

This Christian Dior by El Jay garment was Helen Newfield's going-away dress when she married in January 1966. 
"I paid £33/1/6. The staff at the
 El Jay Boutique kindly gave me an extra piece of the dress fabric to use to have a matching hat made. At that time I was earning £36 a fortnight as a teacher in Hamilton so this dress was quite an investment." Read more about Gus Fisher and the El Jay label in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Looking Terrific: The story of El Jay.


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Helen Newfield
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Marc Bohan
Maker: El Jay
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Afternoon dress, hat
Material: Slub silk
Features: The separate self-fabric belt has a flat Dior bow detail.
Colour: Soft pink
Purchase location: El Jay Boutique, 246 Shopping Centre, Queen Street, Auckland
Label: Christian Dior by El Jay
Date: 1965