WHO?

Costume designer Elizabeth Whiting, here fitting actress Kate Elliott for her role in new play

Famous Flora.

WHAT?

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Penned by Herald feature writer Elisabeth Easther, the play tells the story of Aucklander Flora Mackenzie, who went from high-end clothing designer to brothel proprietor in the 1940s with her boutique, Ninette Gowns, as the (rumoured) front. The Vulcan Lane salon was a top destination for hand-embroidered, Chinese-inspired evening gowns.

Whiting says: "Researching the costumes for Flora has been particularly interesting as some of her own designs still exist. As she was an Auckland personality, many people still remember her, so I have a duty to reference the real person in a heightened way."

WHERE? Showing at fittingly adult venue The White House, from November 14 - 29. Tickets from $32, buy yours here.


- VIVA