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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1985 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brett, Beth, born 5 - died 16 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather, knitted wool, embroidery and appliqué

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Herb Goldschmidt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This white leather jacket is enlivened with gold knitted sleeves, embroidered suede and leather floral motifs, appliqués, and decorative fringing. It is a fine example of the highly decorated and intricately detailed fantasy knitwear designed by Beth Brett. Born in London and educated in the United States, Brett returned to London to set up her knitwear business. Brett's highly designed and decorated women's fashion knitwear was sold to influential retailers in London, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia.

Brett's designs were considered as "wearable art" by her British and American clients. Her work is distinguished by a romantic appeal achieved through eclectic mixings of colour, texture and surface embellishment. Given to the V&A by the designer's husband following her death in 2003, this design exemplifies the fantasy knitwear that was popular during the 1980s.

Physical description

White leather jacket with white and gold stylised chevron knitted sleeves, floral appliqués, gold leather fringe and beaded embellishment at both front and back.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca. 1985 (made)


Brett, Beth, born 5 - died 16 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Leather, knitted wool, embroidery and appliqué

Marks and inscriptions

'Beth Brett / London'
Lable at centre back


Length: 72.5 cm, Circumference: 97 cm bust

Descriptive line

Jacket, F, white leather with knitted gold sleeves, appliqué and fringe, Beth Brett, Britain, ca. 1985.


Fashion; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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