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Dress

Dress

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pollock, Alice (designer)
    Quorum (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Moss crêpe and satin

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Daniel Manning

  • Museum number:

    T.191-1997

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This dress was designed by Alice Pollock, who founded the Quorum boutique in 1964. In 1965, she invited Ossie Clark to join her at Quorum, where he, his girlfriend Celia Birtwell, and Alice Pollock struck up a productive design partnership.Birtwell designed textiles which were used by both designers at first, until Clark claimed exclusive use of her fabric prints.

They both designed using the same supple and fluid moss crepe, satin and chiffon fabrics. Without a label it can be difficult sometimes to tell whether a dress is by Ossie Clark or Alice Pollock. Her designs tended to be slightly more restrained. This deceptively simple tea-length dress in matte crepe features a dramatic diamond-shaped cutaway panel at the midriff and a row of satin-covered buttons and loops as its main details.

Physical description

Black moss crêpe tea-length dress with a high neck, long sleeves, dramatic cutaway back and diamond cutaway over the midriff. Satin-covered buttons-and-loops fastening down the front above and below diamond cutaway midriff.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Pollock, Alice (designer)
Quorum (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Moss crêpe and satin

Object history note

Historical significance: A relatively restrained design for Alice Pollock. Alice Pollock, the founder of the Quorum boutique, struck up a productive design partnership with Ossie Clark in the mid-1960s. Her designs are often similar to Ossie Clark's in mood and approach, and they used similar fabrics and design ideas.

Descriptive line

Moss crêpe tea-length dress, designed by Alice Pollock for Quorum, London, 1970

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Mendes, Valerie. Black In Fashion. London: V&A Publications, 1999.

Materials

Moss crêpe (viscose)

Techniques

Satin weave

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes; Evening wear; Formal wear

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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