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Evening dress

Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1955-1960 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hyde Clark, Owen (designer)
    Worth London (retailer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lace, taffeta, net, tulle, trimmed with velvet ribbon and boned

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Roy Hudson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

By 1960 the famous Paris couture house of Worth had dressed the world’s richest and most fashionable women for over a century. The London branch supplied the British aristocracy with timelessly elegant clothes – as this example illustrates – for every occasion in the London season. Faithful clients continued to bring their debutante grand-daughters for romantic evening gowns and classic tailoring, but the house could not compete with the new spirit of youthful informality in dress, and it closed in 1967.

Physical description

Short evening dress of black lace over dark pink taffeta, with petticoat of black taffeta and black tulle.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1955-1960 (made)


Hyde Clark, Owen (designer)
Worth London (retailer)

Materials and Techniques

Lace, taffeta, net, tulle, trimmed with velvet ribbon and boned

Descriptive line

Evening dress of lace and taffeta with tulle and taffeta petticoat, designed by Owen Hyde Clark for Worth London, London, 1955-1960.


Machine made lace; Taffeta; Silk taffeta; Tulle


Weaving; Sewing; Lace making


Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes; Lace

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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