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A navy blue polyester dress and belt covered in a repeating floral design. The belt has a gold coloured buckle. There are three buttons at the front of the dress a single blue and red button near the collar. There are two thin belt loops at the waist. The shoulders of the dress are padded. " NEWPORT / 18 / MADE IN NEW ZEALAND / " is written on the interior of the neckline. There is also a secondary tag featuring washing instructions. A small loop of fabric has come loose from the dress.
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Classic Manufacturing, the firm who made this dress, was established in 1926 and shifted to New Plymouth during World War II as part of a Government plan to encourage industry to move out of the larger cities. It manufactured and marketed women's clothing including under it's own label Newport, and a US franchise called ABS. The factory was closed in 2005. This dress was purchased from C C Wards, New Plymouth, in 1994.
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