Silk dress with kimono sleeves

Imports of fabric were limited by a system that required a licence and this restricted the options for designers who were in search of something original. Here Colin Cole has used a hand dyed fabric by Amy Brown of Auckland. The base cloth probably came from Wah Lee on Hobson St who imported a variety of bleached and unbleached silks from China. These were popular with artisans like Amy Brown and Susan Holmes who were using dying and printing to create original fabrics.


Credit: Loan courtesy of Carolyn McCondach.
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Colin Cole
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Dress
Material: Hand-dyed habutai silk
Features: The kimono style sleeves are emphasised by the shoulder pads and given extra weight by being folded back to body and to the inside of the dress.
Colour: Blue
Purchase location: Parnell, Auckland
Label: Colin Cole
Date: Mid 1980s