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Object: Costumes designed for Pageant of Empire

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Title Costumes designed for Pageant of Empire
Production Rodie, Mollie (artist), 1940-41, Wellington
Medium summary ink on paper
Materials paper, ink
Classification drawings, design drawings, fashion illustrations
Technique illustration
Dimensions Overall: 184mm (Height) x 255mm (Width)
Credit line Gift of Marion F. Mackenzie (née Rodie), 2009
Registration number GH016522
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.

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