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Coat

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1904-1907 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woollen cloth, trimmed with velvet, satin ribbon, woven silk braid and silk braid tassels; fastened with metal hooks and eyes

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss M. C. Elliott

  • Museum number:

    T.25-1958

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This loose coat dates from the early 1900s. A striking geometric pattern decorates the collar and turned-back cuffs. The bold combination of bright colours and shapes is made up of appliquéd strips of woollen cloth, black velvet ribbon and overlapping tubular motifs. This creates a clever three-dimensional effect. Large, ornate tassels falling from the front of the garment add to the luxurious effect.

This coat would have been perfect for formal town wear. A description of a similar coat in Our Home (January 1904) stresses the versatility of these loose flowing garments: 'For day or evening wear this kind of coat is very useful because it adapts itself for many purposes, even in cloth it serves as a comfortable theatre or evening wrap, and it will also do for visiting wear'.

Physical description

A strikingly bold geometric pattern decorates the generous collar and turned back cuffs of this loose coat. In an arresting combination of bright red, white and black, the strong, large scale design is executed in appliqued strips of material

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1904-1907 (designed)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Woollen cloth, trimmed with velvet, satin ribbon, woven silk braid and silk braid tassels; fastened with metal hooks and eyes

Dimensions

Length: 1465 mm centre back nape to hem, Circumference: 2860 mm hem

Categories

Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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