Debutante dress embellished with hand beading

In an era when formal balls were part of the social calendar, the 1950s’ dress came into its own at night. The sheer volume of taffeta, silk organza, tulle or flocked nylon used in the skirt (calf-length or full length) gave it a balletic quality. 


Credit: Courtesy of Phillippa Freeman
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Material: Nylon
Colour: White
Exhibition: Decades of Fashion, Palmerston North, 2014
Date: 1950s