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Fashion design

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed)

  • Date:

    early 1950s (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.421-2005

  • Gallery location:

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

This fashion design shows a woman wearing a two-piece suit including a two-layered shirt jacket and a dress designed by Marjorie Field who with her husband Mr Rhoades, whom she married in 1945, set up the haute couture firm Field Rhoades. It was registered in the London street directories at 77, South Audley Street, London W1 for the years 1948-1949. The collar, cuffs, and edges at the front of the shirt are shown under the overshirt to give an impression of multi-layered dressing. On the dress below the waistline, a side pocket can be seen with a fake flap and a button sewn onto it.

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.

Physical description

A drawing depicting a woman wearing a two-piece suit, including a two-layered shirt jacket and dress. The collar, cuffs, and edges at the front of the shirt are shown under the overshirt to give an impression of multi-layer dressing. On the dress below the waistline, a side pocket can be seen with a fake flap and a button sewn onto it.

Place of Origin

London (designed)

Date

early 1950s (designed)

Artist/maker

Field, Marjorie (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and ink and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

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

Dimensions

Height: 37.7 cm, Width: 23 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.

Descriptive line

Fashion design for two-piece suit by Marjorie Field, early 1950s

Materials

Pencil; Pen and ink; Wash; Paper

Techniques

Drawing techniques; Painting techniques

Subjects depicted

Dresses; Two-piece ensemble

Categories

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

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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