Dress, child's ; Poppet Wear; c1950s; GH017172

Name/Title

Dress, child's

About this object

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.

See more at Te Papa Collections Online .


Maker

Poppet Wear

Maker Role

manufacturer(s)

Date Made

c1950s

Place Made

New Zealand

Measurements

Centre back: 760 mm

Subject and Association Description

Childhood & youth
fashion
World War II

Poppet Wear
Venimore, Shelley

Credit Line

Gift of Shelley Venimore (née O'Brien), 2011

Object Type

dresses

Object number

GH017172

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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