This pink and white candy-striped day dress probably dates from the mid-1900s. The colours complement the light and frothy effect of the lace cross-over trims on the bodice and the high stand collar. The bodice has an interesting concealed draw cord arrangement at the front waist and a fitted seam at back to create the pigeon-breasted look that was in fashion in this decade. The leg-of-mutton style sleeves have the customary puff at the top and turned-back cuffs at the sleeve. One of these has been sewn on inside out, which, along with the quality of the stitching, suggests the dress was homemade. The skirt is full-length, gathered at the small of the back to protrude in the S-shape that was so characteristic of the Edwardian era. The candy stripes are vertical at front but become chevrons at the back radiating out from the central seam. A neat self-fabric belt ties the bodice and skirt together.

This dress is part of a collection of costumes that came from the Moir family of Balclutha. An 1864 dress from Maria Moir (née Larkin), the founding mother of the South Otago Moirs, featured in our ‘Fabulous Frocks’ exhibition in 2003. This dress is thought to have belonged to Maria’s fourth daughter, Mary Ann. Mary Ann never married and lived with two spinster sisters at ‘Blairlogie’ the Moir family home in Balclutha. The sisters were well known in South Otago, notwithstanding their quiet, retiring lifestyle. Mary Ann died at ‘Blairlogie’ in 1920 aged 49.
Production Date
Circa 1906
1,480 (h) x 570 (w) x 500 (d) mm (on mannequin)