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costume designs - Suits and Saris Dress the World

Suits and Saris Dress the World

  • Object:

    costume designs

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed)

  • Date:

    2012 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pretty, Ali (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Ali Pretty

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume designs for Suits and Saris Dress the World, Dress the World East Midlands March, made by Ali Pretty, 2012.

Commissioned by ArtReach and Nottingham City Concil for the Dress the World East Midlands March as part of dance and costume design workshops for young people. Part of the larger Dress the World exhibitions in Nottingham, Leicester, and Northampton, these designs were a collaboration between Pretty and three groups of youth participants. The costumes take inspiration from the Indian clothing in the Leicester museums and reflect Gujerati colour and patterns. The top is inspired by shirts worn by male farmers. The designs then became a series of unique, handmade costumes created by Kinetika artists Iola Weir and Helen Davenport.

The three groups then worked with established choreographers to develop flash mob performances in city centres.

Physical description

Costume design for Suits and Saris Dress the World. The ink and watercolour rendering depicts multiple characters wearing multi-coloured tops and and wide-legged trousers.

Place of Origin

London (designed)


2012 (designed)


Pretty, Ali (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Ink and watercolour on paper


Height: 30.5 cm, Width: 39.5 cm

Descriptive line

Costume design by Ali Pretty for Suits and Saris Dress the World, Dress the World East Midlands March, 2012


Ink; Watercolour; Paper


Designing; Painting


Entertainment & Leisure; Designs; Theatre


Theatre and Performance Collection

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