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Evening dress

Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    London, England (made)

  • Date:

    1955-1960 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Owen Hyde Clark (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.
[Evening dress] Separate petticoat of black taffeta with a black tulle skirt. It is half length.
[Petticoat] Short evening dress of black lace, with applied large scale leaf pattern, over dark pink taffeta. It has a single shoulder strap of black lace mounted on cream net. It is trimmed with black velvet ribbon bows with pendant ends at the bust and at the right back hip. A paste star is added on the bust. The bodice is boned and fastens with a centre back zip. The skirt is very full, with an inner pink taffeta petticoat and a matching silk one under the lace.

Place of Origin

London, England (made)


1955-1960 (made)


Owen Hyde Clark (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.

Exhibition History

Sixties Fashion (V&A 01/01/2006-31/12/2006)


Taffeta; Tulle; Silk taffeta; Machine made lace


Weaving; Sewing; Lace making


Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes; Lace

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection code


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