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Evening coat

Evening coat

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    c.1912 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lucile, born 1863 - died 1935 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin, embroidered net with metal threads, lined with silk

  • Museum number:

    T.48-1960

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pink silk satin evening coat lined in pink silk. Gold-thread embroidered net at the collar and applied at an assymetric angle at the back of neck and at the cuffs. Voluminous balloon sleeves with a roomy cut. The front of the coat fall down peplum-wise into two large lead-weighted bows. Ruching and hooks and eyes at the bust. Swathe of draped silk satin falls from one shoulder, caught to the coat at intervals, and forms an extraordinary Grecian drape around the back of the coat. No label, but there is a numbered tape behind one of the bows.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, made)

Date

c.1912 (made)

Artist/maker

Lucile, born 1863 - died 1935 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin, embroidered net with metal threads, lined with silk

Marks and inscriptions

'55493'
Written in pencil on linen tape, attached to hem, possibly a couture number

Dimensions

Length: 146 cm neck to hem

Object history note

This extraordinary coat appears to be the work of a particularly brave designer. The assymetry of the gold applique at the back of the neck and the dramatic, very assured draping are probably inspired (if not actually by) someone of the ilk of Mme Paquin. Unfortunately, the only clue that remains is a numbered linen tape inside the hem of the coat.

This coat is part of the Heather Firbank wardrobe. Caroline Evans, in the course of her study of model dresses, examined this and has suggested that it may be a Lucile.

Descriptive line

Silk satin evening coat lined in silk, with gold embroidered accents, possibly designed by Lucile, probably made in Great Britain, c.1912

Materials

Silk satin; Silk; Net; Metal thread

Techniques

Embroidery

Categories

Evening wear; Women's clothes; Fashion; Formal wear; Embroidery; Textiles; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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