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Fashion Design - Fashion Design
  • Fashion Design
    Thomas, Ian, born 1929 - died 1993
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Fashion Design

  • Object:

    Fashion Design

  • Place of origin:

    london (Likely, as Ian Thomas' couturier business was in Belgravia, made)

  • Date:

    20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thomas, Ian, born 1929 - died 1993 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawn in pencil and ink then coloured in gouache, notes written in ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given in memory of Mr Ian Thomas by his executors

  • Museum number:

    E.2832-2016

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case FD, shelf 8

Ian Thomas is most well known for having been the Queen’s dress designer for over 20 years until his early death in 1992. Born in Oxford in 1929, he went onto study fashion at Oxford College of Art. On graduating in 1952, he worked as an assistant designer to Norman Hartnell, where he worked on Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation robes.

After 17 years working for Hartnell, Thomas opened his own couture business in Lowndes Street, Belgravia, in 1969. Under his own label he dressed many members of the royal family, notably making day and evening clothes for the Queen. Thomas was awarded a Royal Warrant as dressmaker in 1973. His success, according to The Independent lay in the fact that the Queen and ‘many members of society appreciated the restrained and understated elegance of his clothes.’

Physical description

Design for Margaret Thatcher; design for a green fitted evening gown with a cape covering the arms and shoulders, by Ian Thomas

Place of Origin

london (Likely, as Ian Thomas' couturier business was in Belgravia, made)

Date

20th century (made)

Artist/maker

Thomas, Ian, born 1929 - died 1993 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Drawn in pencil and ink then coloured in gouache, notes written in ink

Marks and inscriptions

for the Right Honourable Mrs Margaret Thatcher

Ian Thomas
signed

BY APPOINTMENT TO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN DRESSMAKER
stamp

Dimensions

Height: 41.9 cm, Width: 29.5 cm

Descriptive line

Ian Thomas; fashion design for Margaret Thatcher, 20th century

Materials

Ink; Pencil; Gouache; Paper

Techniques

Written; Drawn; Coloured

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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