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Dress fabric - Victory V

Victory V

  • Object:

    Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Manchester (made)

  • Date:

    1941 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Calico Printers' Association (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed cotton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

'Victory V' was produced by the Calico Printers' Association of Manchester in 1941. Originally formed in 1899, by 1949 the Calico Printer's Association was the largest commissioning printers in the UK. This design is an example of textiles with patriotic messages that were produced during the Second World War and were issued mainly as dress fabrics. Calico Printers and other textile manufacturers produced innovative and witty designs inspired by the feelings of the public during the war. Such designs proved popular with the public as they reflected the sense of national unity. In 'Victory V', the border of three dots and a dash represents the Morse code for 'victory'.

Physical description

Dress fabric of printed cotton. With images of 'V' signs created by falling bombs, plane formations and pointing hands. The word 'VICTORY' forms the ground of the fabric. The border of the design illustrates three dots and a dash representing the Morse code for 'victory'.

Place of Origin

Manchester (made)


1941 (made)


Calico Printers' Association (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed cotton


Length: 120 cm, Width: 69 cm

Descriptive line

Dress fabric 'Victory V' of printed cotton, made by Calico Printers' Association, Manchester, 1941

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail





Subjects depicted

Hands; Bombs; Aeroplane; Victory; Code


Textiles; Propaganda; Clothing; Military; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Mass produced


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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