Empire line evening dress

A version of this dress in soft pink was modelled by Anne McClurg in Eve magazine for an editorial entitled 'Some Enchanted Evening Gowns'.

Karen Chapman spotted the black dress at Wanaka Wastebusters. "It was in their hire department, which may account for the tears at the back. I persuaded the staff to sell it to me to prevent further damage ... and because it fitted me ... and I love it.” 

Read more about Gus Fisher and the El Jay label in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Looking Terrific: The story of El Jay.

Details

Model Anne McClurg
Credit: Image from Eve magazine, July 1966
Copyright: Image © Eve magazine
Credit: Karen Chapman, Dunedin
Maker: El Jay
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Evening dress
Material: Silk chiffon with cornelli ribbon and sequins
Features: The empire bodice has a wide scoop neckline with a small ‘V’ at centre-front.
Colour: Black
Label: El Jay
Date: 1966