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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.483:7-2005

  • Gallery location:

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

This fashion design shows a woman wearing a white evening dress with a bouffant, or puffed out, skirt 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 the material out of which it is intended to be made, available colours, size suitability, and price (E.483:6-2006). The dress was available in white or black faille, which is a plain woven textile, originally of silk now also made of wool, characterised by slight, flat ribs in the weft, and used for women's dresses. The dress was also available in pink, white or pale blue satin with narrow gold pipings. The design 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 accompanying typed sheet (E.483:6-2005), which is in the album before this design, describes the dress, the material out of which it is intended to be made, available colours, size suitability and price. Pencil shading and lines have been applied over the dress to show the frills, trimmed plaits and folds. White watercolour strokes and unpainted areas indicate that the dress is white and they highlight the whalebone bodice, while gold watercolour touches show the gold piping (trimming).

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 bottom right.

'SAC/4'
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 white evening dress by Marjorie Field, 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

Bouffant skirt; Ruching; Skirt; Evening dresses; Faille; Piping (trimming); Whaleboned bodice

Categories

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

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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