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Fashion design

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed)

  • Date:

    mid 1950s (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Field, Marjorie (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Felt-tip pen on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Paul Williamson

  • Museum number:

    E.434-2005

  • Gallery location:

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

This fashion design shows a woman wearing a black jersey cocktail dress which is an informal but rather elegant dress suitable for late afternoon and evening events 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. A square collar with long sash ends slotting through in front is a prominent feature of the dress. At top right, the designer noted, in pencil, the fabrics and colour out of which the dress was intended to be made and special characteristics of the design.

Physical description

A drawing depicting a woman wearing a black jersey cocktail dress, with a silk collar and sash ends slotting through in front.

Place of Origin

London (designed)

Date

mid 1950s (designed)

Artist/maker

Field, Marjorie (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Felt-tip pen on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Black jersey / cocktail dress / Silk collar with / sash ends / slotting through'
In pencil at the top right side

Dimensions

Height: 25.4 cm, Width: 20.3 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 black jersey cocktail dress by Marjorie Field, mid-1950s

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

Felt-tip pen; Paper

Techniques

Drawing techniques

Subjects depicted

Sashes (costume accessories); Silk (textile); Jersey; Collars (neckwear); Cocktail dress

Categories

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

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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