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Fashion design

  • Place of origin:

    England (designed)

  • Date:

    1959 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Green, Jane Elizabeth (Miss) (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen, pencil and watercolour drawing on paper with swatches of green leather and green houndstooth fabric pinned to the paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jane Elizabeth Green

  • Museum number:

    E.407-2015

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case FD, shelf 17

Jane Elizabeth Green trained as a fashion designer at the London College of Fashion in 1957-58 and at the Royal College of Art from 1958 to 1961. In her graduating year she was given the Frederick Starke Travelling Award for the best designer of wholesale fashion, which enabled her to travel to New York and Florence. Despite the premium attached to couture design, Green always wanted to design for the high street; her clothes were put into production by the fashion designer and promoter Frederick Starke and she produced designs for the Wallis chain. She went into teaching and was a lecturer in fashion and textiles at Hornsey and Nottingham College of Art from 1963 to 1966. Thereafter she departed from her design career, undertook secretarial work and trained as a lawyer; she was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1993.

Green’s student work from the late 1950s and early 1960s is of interest as evidence of fashion design education at the RCA. There is great emphasis on formal wear and on highly structured designs that required good cutting skills. Green’s design style is fresh and dynamic and the drawings are of high quality, often annotated with notes about materials and the ‘scenario’ of the design exercise, for example, ‘Informal alfresco lunch with President and English and French ambassadors and their wives in White House Garden’.

Physical description

Design for a shooting outfit and accessories. The outfit consists of a green shooting jacket over a green tweed dress. It is shown with accessories including a green cloth cap with a leather peak, a pair of high back flat shoes with pointed toes, a green fabric belt with cartridge holders, a leather and fabric bag and a gun. Swatches of green leather and green houndstooth fabric are pinned to the bottom left corner of the paper.

Place of Origin

England (designed)

Date

1959 (made)

Artist/maker

Green, Jane Elizabeth (Miss) (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen, pencil and watercolour drawing on paper with swatches of green leather and green houndstooth fabric pinned to the paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Shooting jacket over tweed dress: insets of leather / on shoulder, belt in fabric mounted on leather with / cartridge holders and pocket, pleats at back for / movement. Sides of jacket slit to allow use of pockets / set into channel seams of dress which also hold / box pleats of skirt. Accessories: cloth cap with leather peak; / High back flat shoes; leather and fabric bag; one gun. / Jane. / November 1959.'
Inscribed in ink

Dimensions

Height: 33.1 cm, Width: 20.4 cm

Descriptive line

Fashion design for a shooting outfit by Jane Elizabeth Green, pen, pencil and watercolour on paper with attached fabric samples, England, 1959

Materials

Paper; Ink; Watercolour; Fabric; Leather

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Handbag; Cap; Belt; Shoes; Dress; Jacket; Gun

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Fashion; Clothing

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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