La Rouge evening gown

In 1958 Emma Knuckey entered this dress in the inaugural Gown of the Year competition. In her 2003 publication about the competition, Claire Regnault describes the gown as "uncharacteristically theatric" - a combination of the decadence of fin de siècle Paris and 1940s Hollywood. The gown was modelled by Else van den Muysenbergh.


Model Else van den Muysenbergh
Designer: Emma Knuckey
Manufacturing location: 18 Darby Street, Auckland
Garment type: Evening gown
Label: Emma Knuckey
Date: 1958