Evening dress with beading trim

The El Matador was one of only three licensed restaurants in the city in 1968 and Raewyn made this dress to attend a Dine and Dance function hosted there. She was taught to sew at Pasadena Intermediate and recalls that both she and her sister each received a sewing machine for either a birthday or Christmas. Their grandmother, Linda Bailey, was a seamstress by trade and was influential in making sure the family was fashionably turned out. While her mother, June, could not machine sew, she did cut out the fabric and hand finish the trims and hems. A veritable history of fashion existed in the wardrobes and photo albums in the family home when it was recently sold. Many pieces were acquired by Black Betty’s in Point Chevalier and comprise the Bailey Collection. Read more about the history of home sewing in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Home Sewn.


Credit: Black Betty Vintage Clothing, Auckland
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Maker: Raewyn
Garment type: Evening dress
Material: Taffeta, chiffon, beading trim
Colour: Pale, dark purple
Date: 1968