Kit, 'Model-U Dress Form'; Model-U Dress Form Co; Mid 20th century; 2010.404


Kit, 'Model-U Dress Form'

About this object

Model-U Dress Form kit; a small box containing the necessary equipment for making a customised dressmakers form. The kit includes an instruction booklet, gauze slip, a large amount of paper tape and a packet of shellac.
The model wears the gauze slip and the dampened paper tape is wound around her torso. As the tape hardens and is cut from the model's body, a customised dressmakers form is created.
Manufactured in Auckland by the Model-U Dress Form Co.


Model-U Dress Form Co

Maker Role


Date Made

Mid 20th century

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, North Island, Auckland

Medium and Materials

processed material, paper; processed material, paper, cardboard; processed material, textile, gauze.

Inscription and Marks

Printed on the box lid: 'Model-U / DRESS FORM / MODEL-U DRESS FORM CO. / P.O. Box 1068, AUCKLAND'


h 55mm x l 235mm x w 170mm

Subject and Association Keywords

technology, handicrafts, clothing manufacture. dressmaking. tailoring

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

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