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Evening Dress

  • Object:

    Fashion design

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed)

  • Date:

    1948-49 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Field, Marjorie (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and bodycolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Paul Williamson

  • Museum number:

    E.483:9-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case FD, shelf 11

This fashion design shows a woman wearing a red evening dress designed by Marjorie Field for the haute couture firm Field Rhoades which was registered in the London street directories at 77, South Audley Street, London W1 for the years 1948 to 1949. The design is coupled with a type-written description of the dress, detailing its material, available colours, size suitability, and price (E.483:8-2005). The design was available in black, white and any special shade to order, and it was to be made in matt rayon crepe (a lightweight fabric characterised by a crinkled surface) French jersey.

The striking design and silhouette can also be seen in E.480-2005, a pencil drawing showing a woman in an almost identical pose. This drawing probably represents an earlier stage in the design process for the same dress, and the final work could have been traced from it. It shows contrasting piping along the neck and waistlines which is no longer present in the final design, and the fall of the band of material from the waist is also different. A smaller pencil sketch to the right shows the back of the dress. It would have been used as a presentation drawing and forms part of an album of 12 designs with accompanying descriptions from which the client could choose what she wanted to have made.

Physical description

Design from a volume of designs by Marjorie Field. The typed sheet E.483:8-2005 describes the dress, its material ('matt rayon crepe French jersey'), available colours, size suitability and price. Pencil shading and lines have been applied over the red bodycolour to describe the folds and details of the dress. A band of material falls vertically from the waist, creating a scalloped bottom edge on the skirt. A smaller pencil sketch to the right shows the back of the dress.

Place of Origin

London (designed)

Date

1948-49 (designed)

Artist/maker

Field, Marjorie (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and bodycolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

' Field Rhoades / London.'
In pencil at the bottom right side.

'SAC/5'
Typewritten at top right.

Dimensions

Height: 33 cm, Width: 21.7 cm

Object history note

The provenance can be traced back to Gwen Mandley, an artist who was a friend of the designer, Marjorie Field.

Descriptive line

Fashion design for evening dress by Marjorie Field, England, 1948-1949

Production Note

The haute couture firm Field Rhoades was registered in the London street directories at 77, South Audley Street, London W1 for the years 1948 to 1949.

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Pencil; Bodycolour; Paper

Techniques

Drawing techniques; Painting techniques

Subjects depicted

Jersey; Rayon crêpe

Categories

Clothing; Designs; Drawings; Evening wear; Fashion; Textiles; Women's clothes

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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