Painted rose print summer dress
A symbol of 1950s femininity, the full-skirted, calf-length frock with a fitted bodice remained a New Zealand fashion favourite until the arrival of the mini in 1962. Favoured materials for day dresses and sunfrocks included polished cotton, poplin, satin cotton, Everglaze (glazed chintz) and seersucker. There was a strong preference for prints. Spots, stripes, gingham checks, border prints and graphic or stylised florals all made the cut.