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Skirt suit

Skirt suit

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1954 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Creed, Charles, born 1909 - died 1966 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool, lined with crêpe de chine, silk, petersham

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Charles Creed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Charles Creed was born into a tailoring family with an enviable reputation stretching back into eighteenth-century London. A branch of Creed was established in Paris in 1850, and the company became known for impeccably crafted 'tailor-mades' for women. Charles Creed set up his own fashion house in London after the Second World War, and enjoyed success in America and London.

Creed's work was characterised by a military precision that owed much to the techniques of traditional men's tailoring. Here Savile Row detailing forms the basis of a very feminine suit, perfect for the lunch and shopping excursions that were the focus of many upper- class women's lives.

Physical description

Ladies suit consisting of a jacket and skirt of navy blue fine wool.

The jacket is fitted and hip-length with a single-breasted four-button fastening, and wide lapels which overlap and are not stitched where they join. The shoulders are rounded and cut in one with the jacket. On the hips there are two over-lapping dummy pocket flaps, bound with black silk braid. There is a line of the same braid inserted down the outside seam of each sleeve from collar to cuff. The buttons are of black basket weave silk. The jacket is lined with navy crêpe de chine.

The skirt is straight with a similar line of braid set into the side seams. There is a white petersham waist band fastening on the left side with two hooks. The placket, which is concealed on the left hip, fastens with hooks and eyes and snap fasteners. It is unlined.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1954 (made)


Creed, Charles, born 1909 - died 1966 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Wool, lined with crêpe de chine, silk, petersham

Descriptive line

Jacket and skirt of wool lined with crêpe de chine, designed by Charles Creed, London, 1954

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

de la Haye, A., 'Material Evidence' in Wilcox, C. ed., The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 (V&A Publications, 2007), p.96-7

Labels and date

Charles Creed (1909-66)

Creed and Worth were important names in Paris in the 19th century, but both were English in origin. Charles Creed, a descendent of the founder, left the family business and opened his own house in London. He lamented the lack of skilled needlewomen in England, saying, 'French girls are born with threads of sewing silk running in their veins'.


Given by the designer
V&A: T.62&A-1966

Simone Mirman
About 1952
Wool felt
V&A: T.112-1980 [22/09/2007-06/01/2008]


Face cloth; Silk; Crepe de chine


Weaving; Sewing; Braiding


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

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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