Halter-neck dress with cornelli ribbon

This full-length halterneck evening dress is a classic of its time. The dress was bought for a ball and was quite daring. Owner Deborah Hoffman Rendle says, "I was a great fan of Annie Bonza and bought quite a few of her clothes back then, and loved them so much that I kept them. She had a shop upstairs in a little alley back off Queen Street. She was our nearest thing to Biba I guess, when all that 60s/70s stuff exploded. I can still smell the incense and get the frisson of those gaudy times." Read more about wearing the colour black in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Black: The history of black in fashion, society and culture in New Zealand.


Credit: Deborah Hoffman Rendle
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Annie Bonza
Garment type: Evening dress
Material: Crepe, satin appliqué, cornelli ribbon
Colour: Black
Label: Annie Bonza Clothes
Date: 1972