Day Dress

1948 (Made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Dress in a dusky pink heavy crepe. It is a close fitting dress with a v-neck. It has a cross over front with soft pleats. Similar soft pleats circle the dress at the top of the hips and terminate in a fanned panel at back left. It has tight fitting sleeves, with three darts at the elbow, with a zipper fastening at the wrist.
The skirt is half lined with cream silk (chain design), and attached to the dress at the waist. The lining is weighted at the side panels.
The bodice front is lined in net and it has shoulder panels.

T.270A-1974: Hat; of wide flattish shape, approx. 16 ½ inches wide, in stiffened black velvet. It is made up of two irregular ovals, one laid over the other.

There are two hatpins with each end covered in a bobble of black velvet.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Dress
  • Hat
Materials and Techniques
Crepe, draped and pleated, lined with silk and net; hat of stiffened velvet
Physical Description
Dress in a dusky pink heavy crepe. It is a close fitting dress with a v-neck. It has a cross over front with soft pleats. Similar soft pleats circle the dress at the top of the hips and terminate in a fanned panel at back left. It has tight fitting sleeves, with three darts at the elbow, with a zipper fastening at the wrist.

The skirt is half lined with cream silk (chain design), and attached to the dress at the waist. The lining is weighted at the side panels.

The bodice front is lined in net and it has shoulder panels.



T.270A-1974: Hat; of wide flattish shape, approx. 16 ½ inches wide, in stiffened black velvet. It is made up of two irregular ovals, one laid over the other.



There are two hatpins with each end covered in a bobble of black velvet.
Production typeHaute couture
Marks and Inscriptions
Jacques Fath, Paris (Label, machine woven black on white)
Credit line
Worn and given by Lady Alexandra Trevor-Roper (later Lady Dacre of Glanton)
Object history
Lady Alexandra was the wife of the Naval Attache in Paris from 1948-50.



This dress was the first dress Lady Alexandra received from Jacques Fath. Fath (known for his charming manner with clients) draped the fabric around Lady Alexandra to create this one-off dress for her.



Fath's design technique often involved draping fabrics around models (or himself)before gathering or pinning the fabric to create the garment. He would then sketch this 'on-the-spot' creation before working it up properly. This resulted in very fluid and flattering styles.
Historical context
Lady Trevor-Roper favoured designs by Jacques Fath for her wardrobe, and contributed the vast proportion of the V&A's Fath collection.



The cross-over soft pleats on this dress are a very typical Fath trait.
Association
Bibliographic References
  • Lady Dacre, Memoirs (Unpublished: Family collection)
  • Miller, L., 'Perfect Harmony' in Wilcox, C., e., The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-57 (V&A Publications, 2007), pl.5.2
Collection
Accession Number
T.270A-1974

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record createdJanuary 11, 2006
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