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Fabric flower
  • Fabric flower
    Beene, Geoffrey, born 1927 - died 2004
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Fabric flower

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beene, Geoffrey, born 1927 - died 2004 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton with wire

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Catharina Tinniswood

  • Museum number:

    T.31:5-2006

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Mastery of the craft of dressmaking and his knowledge of the human body made Geoffrey Beene one of the most innovative American designers of the twentieth century. His clothing became renowned for its layered informality, clean lines and simple silhouettes. Beene's designs responded successfully to the era in which they were worn - youthful styles in the 1960s and loose, fluid, body-freeing clothing in the 70s. During the 1980s and 1990s he took an independent approach to his work, devoting his time to the search for the perfect fabric, perfect seam and perfect cut.

This flower was originally pinned to the neck of a pair of Geoffrey Beene evening pyjamas and was donated to the museum along with the pyjamas and its other accessories. These included a patent leather belt, a pair of plastic and diamanté cufflinks and a pair of clip-on, round black plastic earrings with a rhinestone centre. The full ensemble belonged to Catharina Tinniswood, a former show and fitting model for Geoffrey Beene in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The collection she kept is not the usual examples that were sold in the stores but rather the actual garments included in catwalk shows and trunkshows at the beginning of each season.

Physical description

White fabric camellia, worn pinned to the neck.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

ca. 1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Beene, Geoffrey, born 1927 - died 2004 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton with wire

Dimensions

Diameter: 8 cm

Object history note

This fabric flower was originally pinned to the neck of a pair of Geoffrey Beene evening pyjamas. The ensemble belonged to Catharina Tinniswood, a former show and fitting model for Geoffrey Beene in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The collection she kept is not the usual examples that were sold in the stores but rather the actual garments included in catwalk shows and trunkshows at the beginning of each season.

Descriptive line

White fabric camellia, Geoffrey Beene, ca. 1970, USA.

Materials

Cotton; Wire

Categories

Accessories; Fashion

Production Type

Ready to wear

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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