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.
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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