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A matching polyester ensemble made up of a black skirt and blouse covered in a colourful repeating design featuring butterflies, ladybirds and flowers. The long sleeved blouse has a collar and five buttons on the front. " STUDIO / NEWPORT / 16 " is written on a tag on the interior of the neckline. There is also a secondary tag featuring washing instructions. The ankle length skirt can be fastened using a zip and a hook and eye. It has the same tags as the blouse on the interior except it is size 18.
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Classic Manufacturing, the firm who made this ensemble, 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 ensemble was purchased from Gillis Fashions, St Lukes, Auckland in 1996.
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