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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, fabric samples attached to paper with metal paper clip.

  • Credit Line:

    Given in memory of Mr Ian Thomas by his executors

  • Museum number:

    E.2855-2016

  • 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 a hat, dress and coat designed by Ian Thomas. The hat is white with a red top, the coat is plain red with pocket flaps and cuffs secured with large buttons. The dress has a drop waist and the collar, waist and hem and emphaced with a contrasting material to that of the main dress. Samples of both of the materials of the dress are attached to the upper left hand corner of the design with a paper clip.

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 samples attached to paper with metal paper clip.

Marks and inscriptions

Ian Thomas
Signed

Dimensions

Height: 41.9 cm, Width: 29.6 cm

Descriptive line

Ian Thomas; fashion design, 20th century

Materials

Ink; Pencil; Gouache; Paper; Fabric; Metal

Techniques

Written; Drawn; Coloured

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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