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Evening dress and bolero - Carnival


  • Object:

    Evening dress and bolero

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1972 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tuffin, Sally, born 1938 (designer)
    Foale & Tuffin (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton seersucker

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Fashion designers Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin formed a strong creative partnership in 1961. The clothes they made between 1961 and 1972 were always lively, fun and graphic. This summer dress, 'Carnival' was designed by Sally Tuffin and featured in the last Foale and Tuffin collection, 'Coco Frills' in 1972. It shows her love of bold colour combinations. The long dress, in blue and red cotton seersucker with printed polka dots, is teamed with a striped cotton bolero covered in polka dot frills. It could be worn from day to evening, from beach to informal party.

Physical description

Evening dress and bolero jacket in striped and polka dot cotton seersucker fabrics. Long sleeveless dress made from alternating pieces of red and blue seersucker with white polka dots, with a frilled collar and armholes.

Co-ordinating sleeveless bolero jacket in multicoloured striped cotton seersucker with multiple ruffles in red, blue and yellow polka dots. Ties in the front with two sets of fabric ties.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1972 (made)


Tuffin, Sally, born 1938 (designer)
Foale & Tuffin (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton seersucker

Marks and inscriptions

Label in garment

Object history note

In 1972 Foale and Tuffin produced their circus-ring, primary coloured "Coco Frills" collection of spotted and striped seersucker garments covered with cascades of ruffles.

Descriptive line

Evening dress and bolero jacket 'Carnival' from the collection Coco Frills, cotton seersucker fabrics, designed by Sally Tuffin of Foale & Tuffin, London, 1972

Labels and date

English, Sally Tuffin for Foale and Tuffin, 1972
Printed cotton seersucker

From their shop off Carnaby Street, Foale and Tuffin provided young customers with lively clothes which often reflected current developments in the fine arts including Pop and Op Art. Their layered 'Romantic' clothes were particularly successful and reveal Foale and Tuffin's skill in mixing and matching printed fabrics and creative use of colour. Both designers graduated from the Royal College of Art in the 1960s. Their partnership lasted until 1972.

T.228 & A-1984 []

Production Note

Attribution note: 1972 only
Reason For Production: Retail


Cotton seersucker


Women's clothes; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Ready to wear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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