Object: Costume design for Victory Queen Carnival, ’Commerce’
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|Title||Costume design for Victory Queen Carnival, ’Commerce’|
Rodie, Mollie (artist), 1941, Wellington
|Medium summary||poster paint on paper|
|Materials||paper, poster colour, ink|
|Classification||drawings, design drawings, fashion illustrations|
x 260mm (Width)
|Credit line||Gift of Marion F. Mackenzie (née Rodie), 2009|
Mollie Rodie created this sketch for the grand finale of the Victory Queen Carnival held in
The Victory Queen Carnival finale was the triumphant end to a four-month fundraising effort. Hundreds of volunteers helped to raise over £100,000 towards a national appeal to support
The fundraising was organised by six queen candidates and their princesses, who were elected and supported by industry, business, and women’s organisations. They used every possible fundraising ploy: garden parties, balls, concerts, competitions, baking – even a burlesque football match. The queen candidate who earned the most votes and money (the public had to pay to cast their votes), was crowned Queen of Victory at the end. Fundraising not beauty won the crown.
Backdrop of war
Regardless of pomp and glamour, the Carnival was a serious business set against the backdrop of the Second World War (1939-45). The loss of the Battle of Crete in May 1941 and evacuation of
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