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This photograph features women dressed as 'Galliard' dancers. The photograph was taken either at the fundraising Red Cross Pageant held in September 1940 and/or the Victory Queen Carnival grand finale held in June 1941. Both events were held in the Wellington Town Hall.
Pageants and queen carnivals were popular ways to raise money during the Second World War (1939-45).
The costumes were designed by Mollie Rodie originally for the Wellington Centennial 'Spirit of Empire' pageant in November 1939 - March 1940. At that time the Evening Post newspaper reported: 'They wore Elizabethan costumes of old gold satin with slashed sleeves and ruffs, the full skirts were looped up over kirtles to reveal black petticoats, on which, embroidered in white, were dramatic heraldic designs of the lion and the unicorn. Their satin turban head-dresses were of Moorish inspiration' (27 November 1939).
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