Story: Fashion and textile design

Colin Cole dress, 1985 (1st of 1)

Colin Cole dress, 1985

Colin Cole started his eponymous label in 1958 and went on to become a leading fashion designer in the following decade. He was still at work in the 1980s, when Beverly Reeves, the wife of Governor-General Paul Reeves (pictured with her here), wore this grey printed silk dress to a reception for the diplomatic corps at Government House in 1985.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1985/5202A/8a-F
Photograph by Stuart Ramson

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Fashion and textile design - Firmer footing, 1950s and 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 July 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 22 Oct 2014