Three decades of glamorous fashion will go on show at Auckland’s heritage property, Alberton, showcasing the personal wardrobe of dressmaker Margarie Hall. Two parades accompanied by live jazz music and commentated by Hall’s niece Margot O’Meara will take place on May 15, telling the story of Margarie Hall through her impeccable taste in fashion throughout her life.

“She was an outstanding example of a New Zealand woman who, due to geographical isolation, had to copy designs from magazines and make garments herself in order to keep up with developing trends in fashion overseas," said O'Meara.

After representing New Zealand in swimming at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, Hall went on to train as a dressmaker at the Elam School of Fine Arts before moving to Sydney to work as a cutter and designer for the Marie Hall fashion house.