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Design

Design

  • Date:

    1918 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Westwood, Florrie (designer)

  • Museum number:

    E.1536-1977

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case FD, shelf 1

This fashion illustration shows three afternoon dress designs drawn in pencil and colour wash by Florrie Westwood. It is signed and dated by the artist.

These designs demonstrate the increasing trend for women to abandon the restrictive corset. During the early years of the 1910s, designers started to promote the use of lighter and softer fabrics in order to make their creations increasingly free flowing. This new approach focussed on fluidity provided a contrast with the stiff and S-Bend silhouettes of the previous decades.

Physical description

This fashion illustration shows three afternoon dress designs drawn in pencil and colour wash. It is signed and dated by the artist. This collection of designs seen together demonstrate the increasing trend for women to abandon the restrictive corset. During the early years of the 1910s, designers started to promote the use of lighter and softer fabrics in order to make their creations increasingly free flowing. This new approach focussed on fluidity provided a contrast with the stiff and S-Bend silhouettes of the previous decades.

Date

1918 (made)

Artist/maker

Westwood, Florrie (designer)

Dimensions

Length: 38.8 cm, Width: 31.8 cm

Descriptive line

Designs of afternoon dresses by Florrie Westwood, 1918

Materials

Pen; Pencil

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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