Title / object name
Costume design for Pageant of British Queens, ’The Duchess of Marlborough’
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Rodie, Mollie ||artist ||1939 |
poster paint on paper with cloth sampleMaterials
paper, poster colour, ink, cloth
|Overall ||332 (Height) x 266 (Width) mm|
drawings, design drawings, fashion illustrations
Gift of Marion F. Mackenzie (née Rodie), 2009
This costume sketch was created by Mollie Rodie for the 'Spirit of Empire' pageant held as part of the Wellington Centennial Exhibition, November 1939 - March 1940. It includes a swatch of fabric from Kirkcaldie & Stains Ltd., Wellington.
The pageant included a parade of British queens, their attendants and ladies-in-waiting. The pageant was so successful that the costumes were reused again for a Red Cross pageant in September 1940, and again for the 'Procession of Queens of Britain' at the Victory Queen Carnival grand finale, Wellington Town Hall, June 1941.
Pageants and queen carnivals were popular ways to raise money during the Second World War (1939-45).
The Evening Post reported on the final garment: 'The Duchess's black taffeta gown was painted with flowers and ribbons, and was worn with a wide black Gainsborough hat over an elaborate white powdered coiffure' (27 November 1939).