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.
Garment from the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, image courtesy of Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Image © Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Photographer unknown, image part of the Michael Mattar collection, courtesy of Abundant Past Ltd
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One-piece culottes, jacket
Velvet, silk, cotton, polyester, rayon
The jacket has a beaded fringe.