Historic dress piques curiosity at day centre

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An antique dress loaned to the day centre in Gore has staff and residents curious as to where the beautifully made garment has come from.

Parata Day Centre manager Dawn McDonald has the dress on display for the residents and day visitors to admire.

“We are all fascinated with the dress, as it has to have been made back in the late 1800s.

“Our oldest woman resident Isobel Sharp, at 94 years old, remembers seeing photographs of similar styles and patterns and is convinced it is a genuine authentic relic,” Mrs McDonald said.

“Looking at the dress brought back memories, although I was not around at the time” Mrs Sharp said.

“The time and effort put into making the dress is evident. It also has the old hooks and eyes at the back, very 1800s,” Mrs Sharp said.

The dress was originally donated to the Gore Musical Theatre in 2015, but no history came with the garment.

Gore Musical Theatre wardrobe mistress Colleen Moir said she remembers the lady who dropped off the dress at the time said it was her great-great-grandmother’s.

“Hours and hours of work has gone into the making of this garment.

“It is all hand-sewn and has the penny pocket sewn into the underside as well,” Mrs Moir said.

Parata’s Mrs McDonald said she was hoping someone would recognise the garment and have more information about its origins.

“We would love to find out more about this dress; it is too precious to be forgotten,” she said.