Evening ensemble in printed fabric

Paramount Frocks designer, Maud Barrell, bought the business from her employers in the 1940s. She renamed it Fascinator Frocks. This evening ensemble includes an interesting detail - the flower of the fabric print is picked out in sequins like a corsage. It belonged to Mollie Rodie Mackenzie but, as an avid collector of fashion, it is unknown whether she wore the ensemble.


Credit: The Mollie Rodie Mackenzie Collection, Canterbury Museum, 1984.70.190 1984.70.191
Copyright: Image © Canterbury Museum
Designer: Maud Barrell
Manufacturing location: 19 Cook Street, Auckland
Garment type: Evening ensemble
Features: Set of top and long skirt in printed fabric with cut-on cap sleeve and shoulder pads
Label: Fascinator Frocks
Date: Circa 1947