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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1948 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hartnell, Norman, born 1901 - died 1979 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool lined with silk, plastic

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Cassel

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Woman's black woollen coat with an asymmetrical plastic button fastening from the collar to the left side. Roll collar and dolman sleeves. There is a small tie on the inside of the coat to settle the asymmetric closure. Lined with silk.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1948 (made)


Hartnell, Norman, born 1901 - died 1979 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Wool lined with silk, plastic


Circumference: 71 cm waist, Diameter: 50 cm skirt hem, Length: 71 cm skirt

Object history note

The skirt of the coat (at 28 inches) is shorter than the New Look length of 36 inches. There are touches of New Look influence, in the rounded shoulders and full skirt, but it has not been entirely embraced in this design.

Descriptive line

Woman's woollen coat, designed by Norman Hartnell, London, ca. 1948


Wool (textile); Silk (textile); Plastic


Weaving; Hand sewing; Lining (process)


Women's clothes; Fashion

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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