Navy blue broderie anglaise dress

Reslau Frocks was initially located on High Street. In December 1940 the business moved to a three-storied building located at 39 Elliott Street, just doors down from fabric wholesaler Snow Rainger. When this dress was made, in the early 1940s, the company was employing about 100 staff as machinists and cutters. Shortages of materials meant there were a lot of restrictions - the government regulated the amount of material that could be used for each garment.


Photographer: Fiona Kean
Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Justine Neal
Copyright: Image © Justine Neal
Designer: Unknown
Manufacturing location: 39 Elliott Street, Auckland
Garment type: Dress
Material: Cotton broderie anglaise, taffeta (lining)
Features: The dress has a v-neck back with a cross over v-neck at the front and a plain band of navy along the neck edge. The pockets are set into the skirt just below the waistline and there is a kick pleat at the back and a side zip.
Colour: Navy
Label: Reslau
Date: Early 1950s