Wool check dress

Purchased from Smith & Caughey’s, Kathleen Cooper recalls wearing this dress to the races once and coming face to face with Gus Fisher as she passed through a door. He recognised the dress, looked her up and down and nodded approval. The single button detail and clean lines make this an elegant dress. Closer inspection reveals that the whole dress is lined in silk organza which gives the wool the structure necessary to maintain the definition of the bodice cut and the pleats. Read more about Gus Fisher and the El Jay label in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Looking Terrific: The story of El Jay.


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Kathleen Cooper, Auckland
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Marc Bohan
Maker: El Jay
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Dress
Material: Wool, silk organza, taffeta lining
Features: The centre-back pleats of the skirt fold over and conceal the zip, the bodice has a separate lining
Colour: Brown, black
Purchase location: Smith & Caughey’s, Auckland
Label: Christian Dior by El Jay
Date: Circa 1962