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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, fabric atached to paper with metal staples

  • Credit Line:

    Given in memory of Mr Ian Thomas by his executors

  • Museum number:

    E.2846-2016

  • 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

Image of a woman wearing an elaborate gown designed by Ian Thomas, the dress is of white and gold with elaborate wide sleeves and a wide skirt. The figure is also wearing a tiara and blue sash. A large section of gold and white lace is attached with a staple to the right side of the 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, fabric atached to paper with metal staples

Marks and inscriptions

Not Ok

Her Majesty the Queen

White and gold lace over bands of gold tissue

Ian Thomas

Hurel
Fabric makers brand

Queen did not accept this sketch
On back

Dimensions

Height: 31.9 cm, Width: 23.95 cm

Descriptive line

Ian Thomas; fashion design for Queen Elizabeth II, 20th century

Materials

Ink; Pencil; Gouache; Paper; Lace; Metal

Techniques

Written; Drawn; Coloured; Stapled

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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