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Dress - Blue Splash

Blue Splash

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (designed and made)

  • Date:

    c.1955 (designed and made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Badrocke, Joyce (textile designer)
    Horrockses Fashions (textile manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    printed cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Joyce Badrocke

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Sleeveless chemise dress with flounced hem, separate self-fabric tie belt. In a white ground cotton printed with a blue splash pattern.

Place of Origin

Britain (designed and made)


c.1955 (designed and made)


Badrocke, Joyce (textile designer)
Horrockses Fashions (textile manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

printed cotton


Length: 104 cm, Circumference: 84 cm waist, Circumference: 94 cm bust

Object history note

Part of the archive of Joyce Ellen Badrocke, who, with her twin sister Joan, was a textile designer for Horrockses Fashions in the late 1940s and 1950s. Joyce worked at Hanover Square in London for seven years between 1951 and 1958, commuting in from Sussex daily. She occupied herself on the train journeys from Sussex to London and back by sewing patchwork in small portions to make up into larger quilts, using many of her own fabric designs for Horrockses.

Joyce made this dress for herself from her own fabric design, which she called Blue Splash. The print was also available in pink.

Descriptive line

Joyce Badrocke. Cotton dress and belt made from "Blue Splash" printed cotton designed for Horrockses, c.1955




Printing; Dressmaking


Textiles; Fashion


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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