Bright velvet dress with embroidery

Rachel Stace was 21 at the dawn of the decade and part of a close-knit community of young, educated and creative types 'living as hippies'. Freedom of expression was paramount to Rachel’s experience, which meant she and her hippie friends often challenged the norms and caused heads to turn with their personal style. “When we weren’t dressing up, we were naked," she says. Read more about 1970s fashion in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication The Age of Aquarius: A 70s Revolution in Fashion


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Rachel Stace
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Maker: Rachel Stace
Garment type: Dress
Material: Cotton velvet
Features: Dress has a deep plunging neckline and full sleeves with cuffs and the neck edge and cuffs are embellished with bright hand embroidered flower motifs
Colour: Bright blue
Date: Early 1970s