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Fashion design

Fashion design

  • Place of origin:

    England (designed)

  • Date:

    1961 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Green, Jane Elizabeth (Miss) (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and gouache on green paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jane Elizabeth Green

  • Museum number:


  • 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 sleeveless, above knee length dress for an informal alfresco lunch in the White House Garden. The dress is illustrated in profile and from the front, with and without a white long-sleeved shirt style jacket. It is made in white fabric top stitched to hip level where it breaks into pleats.

The dress is shown with several accessories including a white belt, a handbag and a wide brimmed green hat with a yellow bow.

Place of Origin

England (designed)


1961 (designed)


Green, Jane Elizabeth (Miss) (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and gouache on green paper

Marks and inscriptions

'LUNCH:- / Informal 'alfresco' lunch with President, / English and French ambassadors and / their wives in White House Garden / White organza in semicircular shape top stitched / to hip level where it breaks into pleats: darts / graduating from high in front to low at back / to form pouch. Shirt style jacket. / Jane / February 1961'
Inscribed in white gouache


Height: 39.2 cm mount, Width: 28 cm mount

Descriptive line

Fashion design for a dress for an informal alfresco lunch in the White House Garden by Jane Elizabeth Green, pencil, ink and gouache on paper, England, 1961


Paper; Pencil; Ink; Gouache



Subjects depicted

Hat; Handbag; Dress; Belt; Jacket


Designs; Drawings; Fashion; Clothing


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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