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Beach trouser suit

Beach trouser suit

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tuffin, Sally, born 1938 (designer)
    Foale, Marion (designer)
    Foale & Tuffin (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton towelling, machine sewn

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Nancy McDonough

  • Museum number:

    T.197:1, 2-1991

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Foale & Tuffin were among the first designers to experiment with trousers for women. One of their most successful designs featured trousers with a tunic top. They were usually made from Liberty printed silk, but various fabrics were used, including woven wool and synthetic crepe.

Here, the tunic and trousers are yellow cotton towelling with a red zip. This outfit was intended for beach wear, to go over a bikini or swimsuit. With its elasticated trouser waist and loose top, it could be pulled off and on easily. This simple, practical design still shows Sally Tuffin and Marion Foale's eye for colour. In addition to the red zipper, two bright blue zips provide contrast as well as access to secure pockets. The donor wore this on the beach abroad, and would not have worn it in the street.

Physical description

Bright yellow cotton towelling tunic jacket and trouser suit. Machine sewn.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1968 (made)


Tuffin, Sally, born 1938 (designer)
Foale, Marion (designer)
Foale & Tuffin (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton towelling, machine sewn

Object history note

Registered File number 1991/1999.
Bought in London for about £5 for a holiday to the South of France and to the USA. The donor would only have worn it on the beach abroad, never in the street.

Descriptive line

Beach trouser suit of cotton towelling, Foale & Tuffin, London, ca. 1968.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Cotton towelling


Machine sewing


Fashion; Clothing; Sport; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Ready to wear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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