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Evening dress and petticoat
  • Evening dress and petticoat
    Fath, Jacques, born 1912 - died 1954
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Evening dress and petticoat

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1953 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fath, Jacques, born 1912 - died 1954 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin with velvet, silk lined with cotton net, and boned

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Alexandra Trevor-Roper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Evening dress in ice-blue silk satin and velvet and the silk skirt lined is in cotton net.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1953 (made)


Fath, Jacques, born 1912 - died 1954 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin with velvet, silk lined with cotton net, and boned

Marks and inscriptions

'Jacques Fath / Paris' [with emblem above]
Label, black on white


Circumference: 62 cm waist, Circumference: 81 cm bust

Object history note

This dress was originally worn with pink velvet rose, removed by Lady Trevor-Roper and attached to T.174-1974.

A similar dress is owned by the Royal Ontario Museum. It was donated by Signy Eaton.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Palmer, A., Couture and Commerce: The Transatlantic Fashion Trade in the 1950s (University of British Columbia Press: 3rd edition, 2001)
Harper's Bazaar, September 1953, p.232
Beaton Collection Registered Papers RP/1970/3752 Part 5

Labels and date


Lady Alexandra Howard-Johnston (later Lady Dacre) was the wife of the Naval Attaché to Paris. She required an extensive wardrobe for the many formal dinners and state functions that she had to attend.

A couture client would attend all the fashion collections, seated in the front row if she were especially important. After the show, she would place her orders with her personal vendeuse or saleswoman. A calico toile would be created, then the final garment, a process involving numerous time-consuming fittings.

Lady Alexandra dressed exclusively at Jacques Fath. The designer lent her evening and day dresses each season, aware of the publicity that this would give his house. 'If there was a Fath dress I wanted to keep, I could pay sale price at the end of the season. I was not allowed to go to any other couturier, but I did not want to - Fath was perfection.'

[object label]
Jacques Fath (1912–54)

This wardrobe contains a further selection of Lady Alexandra’s hats and dresses.

1. Evening dress with train, satin with velvet trim, lined with cotton net
Given by Lady Dacre
V&A: T.177-1974

2. Day dress, spotted silk twill, lined with silk and chiffon
Given by Lady Dacre
V&A: T.176-1974 [22/09/2007]

Production Note

Autumn / winter 1953-4


Silk satin; Velvet; Cotton; Cotton net; Metal boning


Weaving; Sewing


Fashion; Women's clothes

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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