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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:

    20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawn in pencil, then coloured in ink and watercolour.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Michael Talboys

  • Museum number:

    E.384-2017

  • 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 a partial figure wearing a blue dress, with box pleats at front, a white hat and white elbow length gloves, with a double row of white pearls worn as a necklace.

Design is slightly crumpled and has in the past been folded causing 4 fold lines to run across the drawing.

Place of Origin

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

Date

20th century (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Drawn in pencil, then coloured in ink and watercolour.

Dimensions

Height: 10.2 cm, Width: 5 cm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Ian Thomas; fashion design, late 20th century

Materials

Paper; Ink; Watercolour

Techniques

Drawn; Painted; Signed

Categories

Fashion

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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