Gown, Dressing

A black satin dressing gown. The garment is full-length with wide split sleeves in the style of a Kimono. There is a back tie which can be pulled around the waist and tied at the front. There is extensive embroidery on the back, front and sleeves. On the back there is an embroidered floral design with a red flower and smaller pink and cream-coloured flowers with green leaves. There is also an embroidered butterfly. Running down the length of both sleeves on the outer edge is a single green stem with leaves and a small red flower bud.
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This gown belonged to Frederic Gardyne Marchant Crossley. Frederic Crossley was born 20 January 1900 in Cardiff and later joined the New Zealand Navy. He was in the service until he retired at Ōhawe Beach. This gown was brought home from one of his overseas trips.
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