Metallic cocktail dress with draped collar

Taumarunui designer Michael Mattar was known for his classically elegant dresses with a touch of Hollywood glamour. Two of his designs - a 1961 silk cocktail number and a 1969 silk crepe and lace cocktail mini-dress - were included in the Auckland Museum exhibition of cocktail dresses, After Six Before Eight, in 2003. 


Credit: Image courtesy of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2015.27.1
Designer: Michael Mattar
Manufacturing location: Taumarunui
Garment type: Cocktail dress
Material: Lurex
Features: Long batwing sleeves, cascade of ruffles to hem, self fabric belt with bow at reverse
Colour: Black with gold, silver and copper
Label: Michael Mattar
Date: 1975