Printed velvet coat
Althea Whillans recalls purchasing the fabric for this coat from Barker & Pollock on Queen St with money she earned waitressing at Tony’s Resturant in Khartoum Place. Already a skilled sewer with plenty of experience gained on her mother’s Robertson Reversible machine and her own second hand Globe, Althea got to work adapting a 1940s dress pattern to create this coat which is reminiscent of the art nouveau inspired designs of Barbara Hulanicki of Biba fame. The coat was appropriately bohemian for the artistic young Elam graduate who paired it with a long black satin skirt and flowing locks. Read more about the history of home sewing in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Home Sewn.