Rust-coloured dress with a sweetheart neckline

Hullabaloo was the romantic store for young women. Going there was an experience, whether or not you bought anything. This dress label says dry cleaning only, yet Kim Smith says, "I wore and wore it and washed and washed it and it's still in excellent condition". Kim says she had long, wavy strawberry blonde hair and felt very comfortable and pretty in this dress. She was likely to have been barefoot with bells on her toes – Indian jewellery from Fiji.


Credit: Loan courtesy of Kim Smith.
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Isabel Harris
Manufacturing location: New Zealand
Garment type: Full-length dress
Material: Even weave cotton, made in Germany
Features: Sweetheart neckline, centre-front buttons and loops, self fabric tie belt, yoke collar
Colour: Rust background with sprigs of mauve flowers
Purchase location: Hullabaloo, Queen St, Auckland
Label: Hullabaloo by Thornton Hall
Date: Late 1970s