Dress

1946 (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Cocktail dress of black crepe. It has a long waisted fitted bodice with a heart shaped neckline, which, like the low hip line is emphasised by pleated and gauged drapes of self material. The skirt flares. The shoulder are square and the sleeves gauged up at the wrist.

The dress is unlined and fastens at the back with a black metal zip. There are hooks at the top centre back neck. There are snap fastening strap stays and black eleastic stays to hold the decolletage to the figure.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Crepe, draped and pleated
Brief Description
'Cocktail' dress of crepe, designed by Jacques Fath, Paris, 1946.
Physical Description
Cocktail dress of black crepe. It has a long waisted fitted bodice with a heart shaped neckline, which, like the low hip line is emphasised by pleated and gauged drapes of self material. The skirt flares. The shoulder are square and the sleeves gauged up at the wrist.



The dress is unlined and fastens at the back with a black metal zip. There are hooks at the top centre back neck. There are snap fastening strap stays and black eleastic stays to hold the decolletage to the figure.
Production typeHaute couture
Marks and Inscriptions
Label stitched inside the side bodice seam 'Jacques Fath Paris Rev. 4740' (Label, inside side bodice seam)
Credit line
Given by Lady Alexandra Dacre of Glanton
Object history
This dress was a present brought back from Paris in 1946 (attributed by donor).



Traces of sewing thread inside shoulder seams suggest that shoulder pads have been removed.
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.
Association
Collection
Accession Number
T.304-1977

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record createdJanuary 11, 2006
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