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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1947-1948 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Amies, Hardy, born 1909 - died 2003 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool, lined with silk crêpe, horsehair, metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Benita Armstrong

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Ladies coat of crimson woollen cloth with a wide shawl collar and a fitted bodice with a double-breasted fastening of six domed and shiny white metal buttons. There are smaller similar buttons at the bottom of each sleeve. The skirt flares from the waist with a slit vertical pocket let in to each front seam and there are two back pleats. The skirt is mounted on horsehair. The lining is of silk crêpe, into which is woven an all-over pattern of the signature 'Hardy Amies'. The collar is worn high around the neck, with the bottom resting on the shoulders.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1947-1948 (made)


Amies, Hardy, born 1909 - died 2003 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Wool, lined with silk crêpe, horsehair, metal

Marks and inscriptions

'Hardy Amies'
Name of the designer woven into the silk lining


Circumference: 69 cm waist, Length: 77 cm skirt, Circumference: 140 cm hem

Object history note

Worn by the donor who said that when she wore this coat her friends all called her 'Mummy Christmas'.

Historical context note

An English adaption of the 'New Look'.
In 2006 the Hardy Amies company produced a coat of brown-orange as an hommage to this style.

Descriptive line

Ladies coat of wool, designed by Hardy Amies, London, 1947-1948

Labels and date

Hardy Amies (1909-2003)

Despite fabric shortages, London designers such as Hardy Amies created tailored coats and suits in the spirit of the New Look. The fullness of this winter coat and the warm colour reflect the new optimism in fashion. [37 words]

Coat: wool with domed metal buttons, lined with silk
Hat (designed by Alice Camus): straw

Coat given by Mrs Benita Armstrong; hat given by Mrs P. Pepper
V&A: T.35-1966 (coat) and T.34-1985 (hat) [22/09/2007]


Wool; Silk




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

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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