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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1987 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cox, Patrick, born 1963 (designer)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Francesca Oddi

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Roses of ivory silk cluster and trail over the shoulder and back of this wedding outfit. The garland starts with small buds, gradually growing to full soft blooms. More roses made from satin and chiffon with organza leaves tumble from this romantic ensemble. Fabric flowers are not new but these are unusual. They form an integral part of the garment as if growing from the fabric itself. Francesca Oddi wore this dress at her wedding. Galliano also designed her three bridesmaids' dresses.

John Galliano's family was Spanish-Gibralterian. He came to London at the age of six. He studied at St Martins School of Art, graduating in 1983 with a collection based on French Revolution costume which was sold to Browns. He launched his first collection under his own name in 1984.

Physical description

Pair of woman's white wedding shoes.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1987 (made)


Cox, Patrick, born 1963 (designer)

Object history note

Registered File number 1987/1946.
Part of a wedding outfit T.41 to E-1988.
The wedding outfit was worn by the donor, Francesca Oddi for her marriage in 1987.

Descriptive line

Pair of wedding shoes, designed by Patrick Cox, London, 1987

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

De La Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. London: V&A Publications, 1997.

Labels and date

Wedding coat, blouse, veil and headdress
John Galliano (b.1960)
London, 1987
Shoes: Patrick Cox (b.1963)

Mainstream bridal wear in the 1980s was dominated by extravagant interpretations of the traditional white wedding dress. John Galliano's 1987 design for Francesca Oddi was very different. The coat demonstrates his experimental approach to cut and construction and his imaginative handling of surface decoration.

Coat: man-made fabric decorated with organza, chiffon and satin roses
Blouse and veil: silk
Shoes: silk and leather
Given by Mrs Francesca Oddi
V&A: T.41A to E-1988 [2011]

Production Note

Summer 1987


Fashion; Marriage; Women's clothes; Footwear; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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