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Wedding coat

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1972 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lilian Delevoryas (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    assorted fabrics in patchwork, appliqué and embroidery.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lilian Delevoryas

  • Museum number:

    T.139-2016

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Long, sleeveless coat made from a patchwork of assorted silks, brocades, velvets and metallic braids and fabrics, some embroidery, lined in cotton.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1972 (made)

Artist/maker

Lilian Delevoryas (artist)

Materials and Techniques

assorted fabrics in patchwork, appliqué and embroidery.

Object history note

This coat was designed and made by the painter and textile artist Lilian Grace Delevoryas for her wedding to the writer Robin (Henry) Amis in 1972. It is a completely unique garment that was subsequently loaned by Lilian to other brides for their weddings.

Lilian started working in textiles after she suffered a creative block and found herself unable to paint. Her work with fabrics enabled her to regain confidence in her skills and creativity, and since then, her textile work has become an important part of her output. She and Robin launched the Wetherall Workshop in the Forest of Dean, which, until its closure in 1979, specialised in tapestry and wall-hangings.

Descriptive line

Lilian Delevoryas. Wedding coat in appliqué, embroidery and patchwork, Britain, 1972.

Materials

Cotton; Silk; Velvet; Brocade

Techniques

Patchwork; Appliqué; Embroidery; Sewing

Categories

Marriage; Textiles; Clothing; Women's clothes

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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