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Evening dress

Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed)

  • Date:

    2008-2009 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Moralioglu, Erdem (Mr) (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, quilting, applique, beading

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Erdem

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Evening dress. Title: ‘Rumina’. Silk with appliqué quilting and beading, Erdem, look 8, Autumn/Winter 2008-9

The maker
Erdem Moralioğlu was born in Montreal, Canada to a Turkish father and an English mother and grew up between Montreal and Birmingham, England. After graduating with a B.A. in Fashion from Ryerson University in Toronto in 2000 he moved to London and worked as an intern for Vivienne Westwood. Moralioğlu studied fashion at the Royal College of Art, and his collection had the honour of being selected to close the graduate show in 2003. He then worked with internationally renowned fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg in New York before returning to London to launch his own label in 2005. His debut collection won him the Fashion Fringe prize and he has since received numerous accolades including the 2010 British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, a highly prestigious prize of funding and mentoring awarded to one emerging fashion designer per year. His label "Erdem" is now sold globally. Known for his use of experimental textiles, vibrant prints, and detailed craftsmanship, Erdem has dressed many high profile clients for formal events and the red carpet for the red carpet and formal events including Michelle Obama, Samantha Cameron and The Duchess of Cambridge

This dress, shown in Erdem’s Autumn/Winter 2008/9 collection was gifted by the designer to be shown at the V&A exhibition ‘Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950’ (19 May 2012- 6 January 2013).

The Design
Erdem’s Autumn/Winter 2008/9 collection was noted for its luxurious feel and rainbow colour palette at a time when the global financial crisis was first making its impact. The designer declared, "I went to town this season. From the beginning, I decided to just go all the way with what I love." Sponsorship from Taroni silks enabled him to create gowns in rich coloured lengths of double duchesse satin. This full length, strapless gown made in bright yellow duchesse silk is made all the more dramatic by the hand embroidered appliqué and quilted purple floral designs by Jenny King that grow up from the hem and around the skirt. These are accented by scattered chunks of asymmetric gumdrop-coloured Swarovski crystals. Bold colours and floral designs are both signature features of Erdem’s designs and he is best known for his full skirted, full length, highly feminine evening gowns.

Physical description

Strapless full -length evening dress, yellow silk with muli-coloured quilted and appliqued floral motifs and beading. Closes with a zip and hook and eye fastenings at the back of the bodice.

Place of Origin

London (designed)


2008-2009 (made)


Moralioglu, Erdem (Mr) (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk, quilting, applique, beading


Width: 63.5 cm across waist, Length: 142 cm neck to hem

Descriptive line

Evening dress, 'Rumina', silk with applique quilting and beading, Erdem, A/W 2008-9




Quilting; Applique; Beading


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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