The Dress Circle inserts seven decades of history into the family tree of New Zealand fashion design in a landmark book that celebrates both the achievements of New Zealand fashion designers from the recent past and the high-profile success of the contemporary generation. In over 400 fully illustrated pages, authors Lucy Hammonds, Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and Claire Regnault reveal the wealth of stories that underpin the development of New Zealand’s unique fashion design history. They showcase the talents and undeniable flair of a wide range of New Zealand fashion designers, from the well-known to those who have slipped out of the public eye. At the same time The Dress Circle explores the key social shifts that empowered change in fashion, offering a new view of a vital and exciting branch of New Zealand design culture. Shortlisted for the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards.