Thornton Hall strapless sundress with basque waistline, 1988

The label on this Thornton Hall dress reads: "Design copyright of this garment is the property of Thornton Hall Mtg Ltd. Attempts to reproduce are forbidden 1988." Thornton Hall’s success was to come at a commercial price though with some local manufacturers and home sewers copying the designs. Eventually the copying got to a point where owners Isabel Harris and Brian Hall decided to take legal action in a case that made New Zealand law history in 1988. The case was decided in Thornton Hall’s favour and contributed to the creation of the Copyright Act in 1994.


Credit: Loan courtesy of Sue Joe
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Isabel Harris
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Dress
Label: Thornton Hall
Date: 1988