Title / object name
Costumes designed for Pageant of Empire
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Rodie, Mollie ||artist ||1940-41 |
ink on paperMaterials
|Overall ||184 (Height) x 255 (Width) mm|
drawings, design drawings, fashion illustrations
Gift of Marion F. Mackenzie (née Rodie), 2009
This sketch was originally drawn by Mollie Rodie in 1940 for the Red Cross Pageant held in Wellington Town Hall on 18 September 1940. Mollie may have redrawn it for the grand finale of the Victory Queen Carnival in Wellington Town Hall 3-5 June 1941, which featured the same pageant again.
Pageants and queen carnivals were popular ways to raise money during World War II (1939-45). Mollie’s aspiration in creating these costumes was to represent the spirit of the British Empire at a time when news from the battlefront was grim.