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Trouser suit and blouse

Trouser suit and blouse

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1971 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Foale, Marion (designer)
    Tuffin, Sally, born 1938 (designer)
    Foale & Tuffin (designers)
    Liberty & Co. Ltd. (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed and quilted Varuna wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Foale & Tuffin

  • Museum number:

    T.192 to C-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The clothes that Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin made between 1961 and 1972 were always lively, fun and graphic. Foale and Tuffin considered wearability and practicality, and designed clothes that could be comfortably worn by active young women in a wide range of circumstances. This four-part interchangeable ensemble in lightweight wool is based around a tunic and trouser set, which is accompanied by a quilted jacket and a flounced and quilted pinafore dress in chequerboard and floral Liberty prints. The dress, jacket, trousers and tunic can be worn together in various combinations, or worn separately with other garments.

The ensemble was specially chosen by the designers to donate to the Cecil Beaton Collection as their most representative design for 1971. Beaton acquired garments from designers and the well-dressed elite of Europe and America. The collection was exhibited at the V&A in 1971, accompanied by a catalogue detailing its enormous range, and was subsequently presented to the Museum.

Physical description

Trouser suit consisting of a jacket, trousers, tunic blouse and pinafore in printed and quilted Varuna wool.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1971 (made)


Foale, Marion (designer)
Tuffin, Sally, born 1938 (designer)
Foale & Tuffin (designers)
Liberty & Co. Ltd. (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed and quilted Varuna wool

Marks and inscriptions

'Marion Foale and / Sally Tuffin' and 'Made in England'
Label, white on black

Object history note

The different elements of the ensemble can be worn separately or together. Without the pinafore and jacket, the chequerboard trousers and tunic represent Foale and Tuffin's classic and innovative trousersuit design from the 1960s. Both trousers and tunic are wearable as part of other ensembles. The pinafore can also double as a flouncy sundress or informal evening frock when worn by itself, or be worn with the tunic underneath and/or the jacket on top.

Descriptive line

Trouser suit ensemble consisting of a jacket, 'Tea Bags' trousers, 'Little Blouse' tunic blouse and 'Ping Pong' pinafore in printed and quilted Varuna wool and cotton, designed by Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin, textile designed by Liberty & Co. Ltd., London, 1971


Varuna wool


Printing; Quilting

Subjects depicted



Women's clothes; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Ready to wear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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