Top & skirt set in shot silk

In 1963 Wendy Ganley left her much-loved job at Babs Radon to return to her home town, Hamilton. She began designing and making garments in a small workroom in Frankton for her mother's friends. One of these friends, Elsie Young, asked Wendy to put on a Fashion parade at the Wintergarden for the Hamilton Orchid Society. "I had to get labels made for my garments in the fashion parade and Adèle (my middle name) was the quickest answer." This top and skirt set belongs to Wendy's sister-in-law, Kathie Figgins.


Credit: Courtesy of Kathie Figgins
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Wendy Ganley
Manufacturing location: Elle Boutique, Hamilton
Garment type: Set of skirt and top
Material: Shot Thai silk
Features: The top features fine vertical pintucks.
Colour: Purple
Purchase location: Hamilton
Exhibition: Elle and the Youthquake: The changing face of fashion (Auckland, October 2014)
Label: Adèle
Date: 1964