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Fashion design

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed)

  • Date:

    1941-1945 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Field, Marjorie (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and ink and wash on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Paul Williamson

  • Museum number:

    E.423-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case FD, shelf 10

This fashion design shows a woman wearing a three-piece dress, including a spotted or printed crepe-lined jacket, a bodice of the same material as this lining, and a skirt designed by Marjorie Field. A butterfly collar is tied on the bodice. At the bottom, the designer noted, in pencil, the fabrics out of which the dress was intended to be made and special features of the design.

The design is signed ‘M.F.’ for Marjorie Field therefore before she signed her designs ‘Marjorie Field Rhoades’ after her marriage to Mr Rhoades in 1945. This design was amongst other designs in a folder marked 'Marjorie Field Rhoades' and 'Matita'. There is an advertisement for the Matita label in Vogue, June, 1941, p.13 which shows that this early design is likely to be for Matita even at this early date. The inscription on this design: ‘Line a jacket or short coat with spotted or printed crepe – from the skirt of an old summer dress. The bodice will make a blouse.’ shows the reuse of old fabric and thus the economic use of material. This reuse of a textile is in the spirit of 'Make-do-and- Mend' which was an ideal that was established during the Second World War (1939-1945). This design is therefore likely to be an early design drawn during the Second World War and may be dated 1941-1945.

Physical description

A drawing depicting a woman wearing a three-piece dress, including a spotted or printed crepe-lined jacket, a bodice of the same material as this lining, and a skirt. A butterfly collar is tied onto the bodice.

Place of Origin

London (designed)

Date

1941-1945 (designed)

Artist/maker

Field, Marjorie (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and ink and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'M.F.'
In black ink next to the drawing. They are the initials for Marjorie Field.

'Line a jacket or short coat with spotted or printed crepe – from the / skirt of an old summer dress. The bodice will make a blouse.'
In pencil at the bottom side

Dimensions

Height: 29.3 cm, Width: 22.7 cm

Object history note

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

This design was in a folder marked 'Marjorie Field Rhoades' and 'Matita'. There are advertisements for the Matita label in the following editions of Vogue: Vogue, June, 1941, p.13, a photographic advertisement in Vogue, January, 1948, p.2, Vogue, March, 1948, p.34, Vogue, May, 1948, p.3. and Vogue, November, 1948, p.39.

The inscription on this design shows the reuse of old fabric ('the skirt of an old summer dress. The bodice will make a blouse.') and thus the economic use of material. This reuse of a textile is in the spirit of 'Make do and mend' which was an ideal that was established during the Second World War (1939-1945). This design is therefore likely to be an early design drawn during the Second World War and may be dated 1941-1945.

Descriptive line

Fashion design for dress by Marjorie Field, 1941-1945.

Materials

Pencil; Pen and ink; Wash; Paper

Techniques

Drawing techniques; Painting techniques

Subjects depicted

Blouse; War; Bodice; Second World War rations; Jacket; Make- do-and -Mend; Crêpe

Categories

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

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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