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dress - Georgie

Georgie

  • Object:

    dress

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1962 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mary Quant, born 1930 (designer)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Sarah E. Robinson

  • Museum number:

    T.74-2018

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition []

This dress was designed by Mary Quant, one of the most iconic fashion desginers of the 1960s. This dress is an example of Quant’s early work. With modest sleeves and an over-the-knee skirt it showcases a more conservative style than she is usually associated with. Sarah Robinson bought it in Truro, probably in a shop called ‘Elizabeth’. It is an example of Quant designing for the wholesale market and matches a fashion design in the V&A’s collection, E.255-2013.

Physical description

Striped dress with trimmed crossover bodice and three-quarter length sleeves. The stripes are vertical on the bodice and horizontal on the skirt. The skirt is 'A-line' and the dress has a waist sash.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1962 (designed)

Artist/maker

Mary Quant, born 1930 (designer)

Object history note

Probably purchased in 1962 from a shop in Truro, Cornwall called Elizabeth.

This object was acquired as part of the V&A's #WeWantQuant campaign. This was a public call-out for objects designed by Mary Quant. This was run as part of the preparation for an exhibition on Mary Quant 2019/2020.

Descriptive line

dress, 'Georgie', navy and grey striped, designed by Mary Quant, England, 1962

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

Sew your own: Mary Quant 'Georgie' dress, 2019, V&A Website
https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/sew-your-own-mary-quant-georgie-dress

Sunday Times, Colour Section, London, England, 4 February 1962

*Featured in a double-page spread of Mary Quant designs for the first Sunday Times Colour Section published. A Mary Quant design also feautured on the cover.

Labels and date

[Mary Quant Exhibition, 2019]

‘GEORGIE’
1962
Worn by Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson was 19 and living in Truro, Cornwall (south-west England) when she bought this bold striped wrap-dress from Elizabeth, a local shop which specialised in the ‘latest from London’. She described it as a ‘happy, fun dress to wear, and beautifully made’. It retailed at 12 and a half guineas, (about £264 today), and the corresponding fashion drawing shows the style was also available as ‘Rosie’ in a more formal silk chiffon lined with taffeta.

Cotton
Labelled ‘Mary Quant London’
Made in London
Given by Sarah E. Robinson
V&A: T.74-2018 [30/02/2020]

Techniques

Sewing

Categories

WeWantQuant; Women's clothes; Womenswear; Fashion

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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