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Skirt suit

Skirt suit

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1936-1937 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    James, Charles, born 1906 - died 1978 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk grosgrain

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Ruth Sheradski

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Maroon grosgrain bolero with cutaway curved fronts, puff sleeves pleated into shoulder, and matching ankle-length flared skirt with a high waist with a square front flap with eyelets, presumably for lacing. Neither garment is lined. The outfit was originally grey, but was redyed maroon during its period of wear.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1936-1937 (made)


James, Charles, born 1906 - died 1978 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk grosgrain

Marks and inscriptions

Label 'James / 15 Bruton St / London W1'

Object history note

These garments do not seem to be described in the catalogue of known James designs in Elizabeth Ann Coleman's book, "The Genius of Charles James" (published 1983).

Descriptive line

Skirt and bolero of silk grosgrain, designed by Charles James, London, ca. 1936-1937.




Fashion; Clothing; Day wear; Women's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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