Cassock coat with side splits

Colin Cole was one of New Zealand’s leading designers from the late 1950s through to the 1980s. He aspired to make women look their best, while pushing at the boundaries of convention with his striking yet feminine designs. In the 1970s Colin had a brief foray into menswear design, where he designed this cassock coat and a corduroy knickerbocker suit.


Credit: Images courtesy of the Tauranga Heritage Collection
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Colin Cole
Manufacturing location: Parnell, Auckland
Garment type: Men's coat
Material: Wool, (coat) sateen (lining)
Features: The coat is flared with two large box pleats from the back waist and two self-hemmed splits
Colour: Black
Label: Colin Cole
Date: Early 1970s