Art Deco tea dress to go

Collection assistant, Kathy Greensides prepares the tea dress for display. Photo credit: Karen Hughes/Wanganui Regional Museum

The Whanganui Regional Museum is pleased to announce the latest edition of Ko te Kākahu o te Marama – Outfit of the month.

The outfit that will be on display in November is a satin floral tea dress made in 1939.

With a beautiful green background, the dress features a zigzag waist, gathered sleeves, a full skirt and a tie belt. Other interesting details are the wide neckline and the faux covered buttons.

The dress was worn by Miss Gertrude Croom, who married and became Mrs Gertrude Potts, of Whanganui. Mrs. Potts donated the dress to the Museum in 1989.

The Museum’s Senior Curator, Libby Sharpe, will host an informal 15-minute talk to introduce the dress to the public. The conference will take place at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, October 28. Admission is free and all are welcome. The dress will then be exhibited throughout the month of November.

Founded in 1892, the Whanganui Regional Museum is internationally renowned for its Taonga Māori collection. Located in Queen Pukenamu Park, visitors can view the exceptional creations of the tupuna (ancestors) of Whanganui tangata whenua (indigenous people) alongside a program of changing exhibits encompassing a world-class collection of natural history and human, with a regional accent. The museum shop on the ground floor sells a range of local and Maori jewellery, books, maps, artwork and other New Zealand-made gift items.

The Whanganui Regional Museum Trust is an independent legal entity that owns the collection and governs museum development on behalf of the Whanganui community.

Open to visitors daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except Christmas Day and Good Friday), admission to the Whanganui Regional Museum is free. Free entry.

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