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Fashion design

Fashion design

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    August 1940 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sheffield, Kathleen (Katrina) (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Paint and pencil on thin brown paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by P. C. Sennitt

  • Museum number:

    E.599-2015

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case FD, shelf 1

Kathleen (Katrina) Sheffield studied at Southend Art School and later at the Katinka School of Dressmaking in London. It was during her studies at the Katinka School in the late 1930s and early 1940s that she made this design as well as a number of others now in the V&A’s collection (E.555-2015-E.614-2015). She subsequently worked for a short time as a fashion designer at Lachasse Fashion House in London which was headed by Hardy Amies and Digby Morton. According to Sheffield’s recollections, Amies and Morton were happy to let her design but some of the cutting-room staff regarded her as an upstart and often changed her designs.

In 1941 she was called up to serve in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. After the war ended she did not return to fashion, as her husband’s job in the Diplomatic Service meant they had to travel around the world. While in Rio de Janeiro in the 1960s she met Phyllis Ross, a Canadian artist and wife of a Counsellor in the Canadian Embassy, who ran art classes. This encouraged her to begin painting again. Once she and her husband returned from postings abroad, they lived in London and subsequently Cambridge where she continued to paint and exhibited regularly. She took part in the Open Studio Scheme in Cambridge until she was well into her eighties.

Physical description

A drawing of a woman in a grey, pleated, knee-length skirt and grey textured jacket with light brown detailing. The outfit is accessorised with teal gloves, scarf and pocket handkerchief, and a grey hat with teal detailing. To the right is a separate sketch of the back of the skirt and jacket.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

August 1940 (made)

Artist/maker

Sheffield, Kathleen (Katrina) (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Paint and pencil on thin brown paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Katrina Sheffield / august 1940'
Signed; bottom right

Dimensions

Height: 43 cm, Width: 18 cm

Descriptive line

Fashion design for a woman's jacket and skirt by Kathleen (Katrina) Sheffield, paint and pencil on thin brown paper, London, August 1940

Materials

Paper; Pencil; Paint

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Jacket; Skirt; Gloves

Categories

Drawings; Designs; Fashion; Clothing

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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