Wool ensemble with frock coat

Paul Chaplin received two nominations in the 1994 Woolmark category of the Benson & Hedges Awards. He won the award with a hand-dyed wool ensemble. This outfit comprises a long dress and a coat. Paul was influenced by the Edwardian frock-coat and used his tailoring skills to sharpen the silhouette, seamlessly incorporating the pocket flap into the front side panel to give a cleaner line.   Paul drew inspiration from Māori leader Dame Whina Cooper when he designed the pendant accessory for this outift. He assembled the item by hand using beads from a vintage macramé belt, a handmade cross from a local carpenter and a wooden hei tiki. Although made with good intentions, the pendant has received mixed feedback.


Credit: Loan courtesy of Paul Chaplin.
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Designer: Paul Chaplin
Maker: Kirsty Boyd
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Princess-line long dress, frock coat
Material: Wool crepe (dress), wool flannel (coat)
Features: This ensemble has been fully accessoried with hat, gloves, boots and pendant.
Colour: Burgundy
Label: Paul Chaplin
Date: 1994