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Dress and jacket
  • Dress and jacket
    Morton, Digby, born 1906 - died 1983
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Dress and jacket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1947-1948 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morton, Digby, born 1906 - died 1983 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool, lined with silk, velvet, leather, grosgrain

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Benita Armstrong

  • Museum number:

    T.37 to B-1966

  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, Room 40, case CA11, shelf FIG1 []

The designer Digby Morton (1906-1983) was born in Ireland and trained at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art and then at the Polytechnic Art School in London. He was a designer at Lachasse from its opening in 1928, and launched his own couture house in 1930. He introduced ready-to-wear in 1939.

After working in America between 1953 and 1957, in 1958 Morton became Design Director of the London firm Reldan-Digby Morton, which produced casual sportswear.

Morton specialised in fashionable tailoring and country clothes, like this outfit. Sometimes he teamed his tweeds with Aran knitwear.

Physical description

Ensemble consisting of a jacket and dress made from finely checked wool in green, beige and brown, and a leather belt.

The jacket is fitted to just below the waist with a single-breasted two-button fastening, revers, collar covered in dark green velvet, slanting welted hip pockets and narrow turn back cuffs trimmed with a button. The buttons are all flat, round and covered with dark green leather. The jacket is lined in dark green silk.

The dress has a high neck with a shaped band collar, and the bodice and rounded wrist-length sleeves are cut in one. There is a stitched tuck to mark the yoke from which spring the finely pleated material forming the tight bodice and full skirt. The bodice is lined with brown silk and fastens on the left side with a zip. There is a narrow grosgrain waist-band. The bodice also fastens at the centre back with four self-covered buttons. Two similar buttons trim the wrap over at the bottom of each sleeve.

Belt of green leather with point in front, trimmed with two self-covered buttons and a buckle at the back.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1947-1948 (made)

Artist/maker

Morton, Digby, born 1906 - died 1983 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Wool, lined with silk, velvet, leather, grosgrain

Descriptive line

Ensemble consisting of a jacket and dress of wool and leather belt, designed by Digby Morton, London, 1947-1948

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

de la Haye, A., ' Material Evidence' in Wilcox, C., ed., The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-57 (V&A Publications: 2007), pl.4.5 and p.94

Labels and date

Dress and jacket
Digby Morton (1906-83)
London
1947-8

Hardy Amies said of Morton, his 'philosophy was to transform the suit from the strict tailleur, or the ordinary country tweed suit with its straight up and down lines, uncompromising and fit only for the moors, into an intricately cut and carefully designed garment that was so fashionable that it could be worn with confidence at the Ritz.'

Wool with velvet trim and leather belt, lined with silk; made by Roger Brinès

Given by Mrs Benita Armstrong
V&A: T.37&A, B-1966

Jacket
Hardy Amies (1909-2003)
London [22/09/2007]

Materials

Leather; Wool; Silk

Techniques

Pleating; Weaving

Categories

Fashion; Textiles; Women's clothes; Leather; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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