Ninette Gowns designer Flora MacKenzie specialised in hand embroidery and Chinese-inspired motifs. This is one of only a handful of Ninette garments that survive. The hand-worked appliqué and beading is striking and the wearer would have cut an elegant figure.
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Reference: Lucy Hammonds, Douglas Lloyd-Jenkins and Claire Regnault, The dress circle: New Zealand fashion design since 1940. Auckland: Godwit, 2010, p. 30.
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