White polycrepe wedding dress & head piece

When it came to her wedding dress, Diann Waugh was determined that it would be fashionable; worthy of the glamorous department store Biba of London, in fact, and be reminiscent of a nun’s habit. The design was based on a photograph she had seen in a magazine, but she designed the pieces herself and had a local dress-maker assist with the trickier bits of the construction. The most enjoyable part of the process was to help with the hand beading on the belt and headdress, something she has always loved to do. Read more about the history of home sewing in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Home Sewn.


Credit: Diann Waugh
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Diann Waugh
Maker: Diann Waugh
Garment type: Wedding dress
Material: Polycrepe
Features: There is hand beading on the belt and head dress.
Colour: White
Date: 1971