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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 watercolour on paper with a swatch of Liberty's printed cotton pinned to the paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jane Elizabeth Green

  • Museum number:

    E.411-2015

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 503, 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 an evening dress for a Reception at the White House. The dress is floor-length and sleeveless with Liberty printed cotton voile fabric, decorated with small orange flowers, draped across the front forming a tie at the back into which are gathered widths of material forming a train. The dress is accompanied by a necklace formed of spikey clumps of tiny diamonds. A swatch of Liberty printed cotton voile fabric is pinned to the left side of the paper.

Place of Origin

England (designed)

Date

1961 (designed)

Artist/maker

Green, Jane Elizabeth (Miss) (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and watercolour on paper with a swatch of Liberty's printed cotton pinned to the paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Liberty's printed cotton voile. / Fabric draped across front into hem / at either side, forms tie at back into / which are gathered widths of material / for train. Necklace formed of fine spiky clumps of tiny diamonds. / WHITE HOUSE RECEPTION. / Jane / February 1961.'
Inscribed in black ink

Dimensions

Height: 39.3 cm mount, Width: 27.9 cm mount

Descriptive line

Fashion design for a dress for a White House Reception by Jane Elizabeth Green, pencil, pen and watercolour on paper, England, 1961

Materials

Paper; Pencil; Ink; Watercolour; Fabric

Techniques

Drawing

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Fashion; Clothing

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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