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The Pirelli Calendar 1985

  • Object:

    Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1984 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Oldfield, Bruce, born 1950 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass bugle beads, beaded

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Julie-Ann Rhodes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Glass bugle bead evening dress of black and steel-grey with a tyre track motif. With a diagonal hemline, long sleeves and deeply plunging back.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1984 (made)


Oldfield, Bruce, born 1950 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Glass bugle beads, beaded

Object history note

Registered File number 1985/1213. Featured on the Pirelli Calendar, 1985, for January. Modelled by Lena, photographed by Norman Parkinson. Art direction by Martyn Walsh.
Gallery label text for Fashion Tracks exhibition:


Designer Clothes for the 1985 Pirelli Calendar
In 1983 Martyn Walsh the Art Director and Designer of the Pirelli Calendar suggested to Pirelli UK Ltd that they revive the famous Pirelli Calendar and as an innovation incorporate a fashion show using the P6 tyre tread as the decorative theme. Fourteen leading British Designers were invited to make clothes and accessories using the tyre tread design. These commissions represented a significant break-away from the traditional Pirelli Calendars and resulted in an unusual and stylistically powerful collection. The dramatic photographs were taken by Norman Parkinson. At the Calendar launch the collection was auctioned for charity and later the owners generously gave these unique works to the V&A.
The Mannequins and display are by the Creative Team of Adel Rootstein Hopkins Ltd.
The display will be in the Dress Collection from 5th November 1986 to Autumn 1987. It is divided into two parts, one on either side of the Dress Collection at the entrances from Rooms 21 and 47 respectively.

Descriptive line

Evening dress 'Pirelli Calendar 1985' of glass bugle bead, designed by Bruce Oldfield, England, 1984.


Bugle beads; Glass


Beading (process)

Subjects depicted

Tyre tracks; Flowers


Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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