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Cocktail dress with brooch
  • Cocktail dress with brooch
    Fath, Jacques, born 1912 - died 1954
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Cocktail dress with brooch

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1955 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fath, Jacques, born 1912 - died 1954 (designer)
    Gripoix (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk taffeta, nylon net, cotton, boned and padded, diamanté, beads and pearls

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Alexandra Trevor-Roper

  • Museum number:

    T.183 to B-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This dress and its petticoat were designed by the French couturier Jacques Fath (1912-54) in 1955. The petticoat is made of silk, nylon and net with a boned cotton bodice and a padded bra. It shows the care and attention that was given to the under-garments of couture dresses.

The silk taffeta dress was worn by Lady Alexandra Howard-Johnston (later Lady Dacre), the wife of the Naval Attaché to Paris at the end of the 1940s. She required an extensive wardrobe for the many formal dinners and state functions that she had to attend, and dressed exclusively at Jacques Fath.

The draping and pleating of the dress is characteristic of Jacques Fath’s work. Fath would frequently design by gathering and pinning directly onto the mannequin resulting in folds, panels or volants, especially around the hip.

Physical description

Evening cocktail dress of black silk taffeta, nylon petticoat with a boned cotton bodice and diamanté brooch.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1955 (made)

Artist/maker

Fath, Jacques, born 1912 - died 1954 (designer)
Gripoix (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silk taffeta, nylon net, cotton, boned and padded, diamanté, beads and pearls

Marks and inscriptions

'Jacques Fath / Paris'
Label, machine woven, white on black

Descriptive line

Evening cocktail dress of silk taffeta, and nylon petticoat with a boned cotton bodice, designed by Jacques Fath, diamanté brooch made by Gripoix, Paris, 1955

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

Photograph taken by Willy Maywald of model wearing this dress, standing by a car. Accessorised with a large saucer brimmed hat and black gloves.

Labels and date

Petticoat [shown in the 'Underwear' case]
Jacques Fath (1912-54)
Paris
1952

This couture petticoat was worn under a black silk taffeta cocktail dress.

Nylon and net with boned cotton bodice and padded bra

Given by Lady Dacre
V&A: T.183A-1974 [22/09/2007]

Production Note

Brooch by couture jeweller Gripoix

Materials

Silk; Net; Whalebone; Cotton; Beads; Pearl; Metal

Techniques

Weaving; Sewing

Categories

Evening wear; Fashion; Women's clothes; Underwear; Accessories; Jewellery

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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