Hullabaloo printed red satin dress with back lacing, 1976

Fiona Carter purchased this dress in 1976 for a Christmas party. She remembers seeing it in the window of the Queen Street Hullabaloo store and deciding she wanted it. She went into the shop and there were none left in her size so she asked the sales assistant if she could try on the one in the window. The shop assistant said no, she could come back in the following week when they were changing the window display. Fiona insisted as she wanted to wear it the following evening. Finally, after much discussion, the assistant agreed reluctantly to retrieve it from the window display.
 Fiona wore the dress many times over the following years and it became a favourite. She kept it imagining that her daughter would love it, however she did not. Now Fiona hopes her granddaughters will love the dress, as it will definitely be very retro by the time they are grown up. Read more about 1970s fashion in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication The Age of Aquarius: A 70s Revolution in Fashion


Credit: Loan courtesy of Fiona Carter
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Isabel Harris
Maker: Thornton Hall
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Dress
Material: Satin
Features: A full-skirted dress with thin shoulder straps that become the back lacing
Colour: Red
Purchase location: Queen St, Auckland
Label: Hullabaloo
Date: 1976