Velvet evening culottes & fringed jacket

In 1968, Michael Mattar won two trophies at the Benson & Hedges Fashion Design Awards. A gold wool dress won the formal evening wear section and also the NZ Wool Board’s trophy, a silver candelabrum, for the best wool garment. His second entry, these black velvet evening culottes, lined and sashed in cyclamen-rose silk, won the trophy for creative design. A back-fastening cape of black velvet, edged with jet beading, were worn with the culottes.


Photographer: Max Bellamy
Credit: Garment from the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, image courtesy of Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Copyright: Image © Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Credit: Photographer unknown, image part of the Michael Mattar collection, courtesy of Abundant Past Ltd
Copyright: Photo © unknown, please contact NZFM before reproducing this item
Designer: Michael Mattar
Manufacturing location: Taumarunui
Garment type: One-piece culottes, jacket
Material: Velvet, silk, cotton, polyester, rayon
Features: The jacket has a beaded fringe.
Colour: Black, pink
Exhibition: When Dreams Turn to Gold at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 18 March - 25 June 2017
Label: Michael Mattar
Date: 1968