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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 (Possibly as Thomas' courtier business was based in Belgravia, made)

  • Date:

    1993 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thomas, Ian, born 1929 - died 1993 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawn in pencil, then coloured in ink and watercolour. Notes written and signed in ink.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Michael Talboys

  • Museum number:

    E.382-2017

  • 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 showing two figures on the right and left of a green boarder; the left figure is complete and wears a coral hat and knee length coat, the right figure has few features and wears a jumper belted on the hips and pleated skirt in coral (accessorise gloves, belt and trimmings of garments are in white).

Place of Origin

london (Possibly as Thomas' courtier business was based in Belgravia, made)

Date

1993 (made)

Artist/maker

Thomas, Ian, born 1929 - died 1993 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Drawn in pencil, then coloured in ink and watercolour. Notes written and signed in ink.

Dimensions

Height: 41 cm, Width: 30 cm

Object history note

Given by Ian Thomas to his close friend Michael Talboys. Michael Talboys had worked with Ian Thomas at Norman Hartnell prior to Thomas setting up his own couturier.

Descriptive line

Ian Thomas; fashion design, 1993

Materials

Paper; Ink; Watercolour

Techniques

Drawn; Painted; Signed

Categories

Fashion

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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