Velvet jacket with self-covered buttons

Ruby Russell moved to Wellington from Sydney in 1924. Shortly after arriving in New Zealand she reinvented herself and took on the pseudonym, Mary Garden. She established her own dress-making business above 100 Manners Street, Mary Garden Creations. Mary Garden Creations soon became one of Wellington’s best-known local fashion label and within a year over 40 staff were employed to turn Ruby’s designs into reality. 


Photographer: Gábor Tóth
Credit: Courtesy of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, PC003384
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Ruby Russell (Mary Garden)
Manufacturing location: Wellington
Garment type: Jacket
Material: Crushed silk velvet
Colour: Black
Label: Mary Garden
Date: 1930s