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The Rest Is History: The Mollie Rodie MacKenzie fashion collection

4 Jun 2020

Invercargill-born designer Mollie Rodie Mackenzie developed one of the most comprehensive collections of 20th century fashion and clothing in the country. Hundreds of items from the collection are now available to view online thanks to Canterbury Museum. Audio, Gallery

Thursday 4 June 2020

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10:45 The Rest Is History: The Mollie Rodie MacKenzie fashion collection

Invercargill-born designer Mollie Rodie Mackenzie developed one of the most comprehensive collections of 20th century fashion and clothing in the country.

The living collection was purchased by Canterbury Museum in 1984 and includes more than 2000 items of clothing and 800 accessories, as well as other fashion related items. Mollie passed away in Queensland recently, aged 100, and to pay tribute the museum has put a large portion of the collection online for the public to view.

The museum's Leader Curatorial Special Projects, Dr Bronwyn Labrum, discusses the collection and its significance.