Blue dress with sari drape front

This blue Colin Cole dress has a sari drape front with a braided print trim. The fabric has been hand-dyed. Imports of fabric were limited by a system that required a licence and this restricted the options for designers who were in search of something original. The dress was owned by Helen Lillian Shaw who was a gifted short story writer, poet and editor. Aside from her writing she was known for her good looks and distinctive style, she favoured dressing simply often in skirts and high-necked Victorian blouses.


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Jo Page
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Colin Cole
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Dress
Material: Silk
Features: The dress has a drape front and handmade self covered buttons.
Colour: Blue
Label: Colin Cole
Date: 1970s