Gifford's Building, 27 Vulcan Lane
Joan Talbot worked in the fashion industry as a model, book keeper, designer and sales assistant before she bought the Vulcan Lane business, Tarantella, in 1960.
Joan continued the Tarantella label, as well as introducing a new label for her own designs, Caprice. She sold her designs in the Tarantella store and, by the mid 1960s, she was designing two ranges a year for the wholesale market.
Joan won the 1964 Golden Shears Awards with a wool evening gown and cape with plisse pleats. The gown was later worn by Jan Furness (nee Barkley) in the Miss New Zealand contest. Jan was 18 years old when she won the Miss Taranaki contest and went to Tarantella in Auckland to select an evening gown to wear in the contest. The event was sponsored by the Wool Board so the gown had to be made from wool.
Tarantella was located in the Giffords Building on Vulcan Lane. The shop was on the ground floor next to John Greer shoes. There were salons on the 2nd floor and 3rd floors.
Joan was also president of the Vulcan Lane Association and worked tirelessly to promote it as ‘Auckland’s Petite Paris’. In 1968 the lane was closed to traffic and re-developed as a pedestrian shopping precinct.