Dress, child's ; Poppet Wear; c1950s; GH017172
This dress is part of an extraordinary collection of 21 children's dresses and home-made dress-ups worn in the 1950s and 60s by the O'Brien children – Shelley, Maureen, and David.
The dresses represent popular girls' fashion from this period, and include a range of home-made garments, and garments manufactured in New Zealand and USA.
The collection embodies the story of the three children growing up in Tinui, a rural community near Castlepoint in the Wairarapa, with all the rituals, triumphs, hardships, and joys of a rural life.
This particular dress was manufactured in New Zealand by the very popular label 'Poppet Wear' ,which used designers Colin Cole and Isabel Harris. This dress was a Desmond Reevely production. It was regarded as a best dress, worn by both Shelley and Maureen.
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Centre back: 760 mm
Childhood & youth
World War II
Gift of Shelley Venimore (née O'Brien), 2011
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