Dress embellished with bugle beads

Norma Evans made this dress for her mother Maud to wear at Norma’s wedding in 1947. She wore it with a black hat, black coat, gloves and purse. "Bob's mother didn't want to outdo Mum - they were on a benefit," recalls Norma.


Credit: Image courtesy of Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa (1996.22.132)
Copyright: Image © Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa
Maker: Norma Evans
Manufacturing location: Kurow, North Otago
Garment type: Mother of the bride dress
Material: Crepe
Features: This dress features a yoke which gathers into a fancy panel running to the waistline and is embellished in silver bugle beads in a floral motif. The set-in sleeve has been accentuated by the shoulder treatment, with pads to support it. The skirt has 12 gores and the dress fastens with a placket with hooks and eyes. The dress has a self-belt with a clasp-style buckle.
Date: 1946