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  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1955 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Salmon, Naomi Miss (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Patchwork of dress silks, satin, cotton, wool and lurex lined with taffeta

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Naomi Robins.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This patchwork skirt was handmade in the 1950s. The maker used fabrics originally created for the London-based couturier Norman Hartnell. They were probably offcuts or fabric samples from his workrooms. Many of the patches are printed or woven dress-silks, but cotton, wool, and even lurex patches appear, documenting the broad range of luxury textiles used by couturiers.

The maker's father was part of the high-end London fashion market. He owned R. L. Salmon Ltd, a London-based dress manufacturer which had exclusive rights to reproduce Jacques Heim's Paris collections between 1957 and 1969. He would have been well-positioned to acquire the fabric samples used to make this skirt.

Physical description

Full skirt entirely made up from multi-coloured blocks, mostly of dress silks, but including cottons, woollens, satins and green lurex. Each length of patches gradually get wider towards the bottom.

Lined and mounted on a rich sea-green iridescent taffeta with the same fabric flounce around the inside of the hemline. Some discolouration to the lining, particularly where black patches are on the outside.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)


ca. 1955 (made)


Salmon, Naomi Miss (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Patchwork of dress silks, satin, cotton, wool and lurex lined with taffeta


Length: 75 cm

Object history note

Made by Naomi Salmon in the 1950s from dress silks and fabrics used by the house of Hartnell.

Descriptive line

Patchwork skirt, made by Naomi Salmon, probably made in London, ca. 1955

Production Note

Miss Salmon made this skirt using dress silks made for and used by Norman Hartnell.


Silk (textile); Lurex; Taffeta; Wool (textile); Cotton (textile)


Patchwork; Sewing; Satin weave; Lined


Women's clothes; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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