Vinka Lucas

New Zealand fashion designer

Vinka Dragica Lucas MNZM (née Ravlich / Ravlić; 1 January 1932 – 10 August 2020) was a Croatian-born New Zealand fashion and bridalwear designer and business owner. She was co-founder of New Zealand Bride magazine.[1][2] In 1959 Lucas and her husband David Lucas bought a fashion and dressmaking business in Hamilton. In 1963, the couple published a booklet of bridal designs, which later grew into the magazine New Zealand Bride.

Lucas in 2019

In 2009, Lucas suffered a stroke.[3]

In the 2019 New Year Honours, Lucas was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.[4]

She died in Auckland on 10 August 2020, aged 88.[5]


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  2. "Who is Vinka Lucas? - My Wedding". My Wedding. 2014-11-06. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  3. "Small Business: Family succession - Anita Turner-Williams, Vinka Design". NZ Herald. 2015-08-20. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  4. "New Year honours list 2019". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  5. "Vinka Lucas death notice". New Zealand Herald. 12 August 2020. Retrieved 12 August 2020.