Printed cotton day dress
Though we often presume it is the mother who is the family creator of home sewn items, in the case of Richelle Williams’ family, father Raymond Dunn was the chief sewer of the fabulous 1960s dresses worn by his wife and two daughters. With no formal training to speak of, Richelle’s parents started off as milliners for their own company, KimRick Millinery, in 1954. They later became leather workers for Playboy Fashions in Dunedin in the 1970s, and eventually moved into shoe making. They worked side by side throughout their marriage, but it was Raymond who made the clothes that so richly filled their wardrobes, even whipping up same-day outfits when requested. Read more about the history of home sewing in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Home Sewn.