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Evening dress with belt and bag - Fortuny

Fortuny

  • Object:

    Evening dress with belt and bag

  • Place of origin:

    Wales (designed and made)

  • Date:

    1997 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Charles & Patricia Lester (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pleated silk with glass beads and metal thread

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Myrna Bustani

  • Museum number:

    T.62:1 to 3-1997

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The universal appeal of pleats is manifest in the work of Charles and Patricia Lester. Their textiles and garments are highly labour intensive: each metre of fabric takes eight hours to pleat before it is dyed and baked. Their design studio is based in Abergavenny, far from the industry capital of London. Their hand-dyed garments reflect the drama of the Welsh countryside, sumptuous Renaissance textiles and exotic jewels.

Physical description

Silk evening dress with metallic belt and silk storage drawstring bag.

Place of Origin

Wales (designed and made)

Date

1997 (made)

Artist/maker

Charles & Patricia Lester (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pleated silk with glass beads and metal thread

Descriptive line

Pleated silk dress 'Fortuny' with metallic belt and silk storage drawstring bag, designed by Charles & Patricia Lester, Wales, 1997

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

De La Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. London: V&A Publications, 1997, p. 100.

Materials

Silk (textile); Glass-beads; Metal thread

Techniques

Beaded; Pleated

Categories

Fashion; Textiles; Women's clothes; Evening wear; Formal wear

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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