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Evening coat - Diamonds and Roses

Diamonds and Roses

  • Object:

    Evening coat

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1969 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rhodes, Zandra, born 1940 (designer)
    Jourdan, Charles (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen-printed felt, trimmed with bead-decorated streamers

  • Credit Line:

    Worn and given by Miss Irene Worth

  • Museum number:

    T.356-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In 1969 and the early 1970s Zandra Rhodes made a number of screen-printed felt coats and capes with immense flared or circular panels. These garments were an ideal canvas for her bright, painterly patterns. This coat was originally worn over a screen-printed chiffon hooded dress in matching colours, with a pair of yellow patent shoes by Charles Jourdan. It was worn by Irene Worth in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Edward Albee's play Tiny Alice staged at the Aldwych Theatre, London, in 1970.

The coat forms part of the Cecil Beaton Collection.This Collection was brought together by the society photographer Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). With great energy and determination, Beaton contacted the well-dressed elite of Europe and North America to help create this lasting monument to the art of dress. The Collection was exhibited in 1971, accompanied by a catalogue that detailed its enormous range.

Physical description

This circular coat of vibrant yellow screen-printed felt falls from a high yoke and has a collar of inverted top stitched scallops decorated with beaded streamers. The large sleeves are elasticated at the wrists. The coat was originally worn over a screen-printed chiffon hooded dress in matching colours. The hem of the coat is screen-printed with Zandra Rhodes' Diamonds and Roses print, while the upper part is printed with Knitted Circle.

Yellow patent shoes by Charles Jourdan, worn with above coat. Coloured inlays, flat heel and square toes.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1969 (made)

Artist/maker

Rhodes, Zandra, born 1940 (designer)
Jourdan, Charles (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Screen-printed felt, trimmed with bead-decorated streamers

Dimensions

Height: 9.5 cm shoe, Width: 7.5 cm shoe, Length: 25 cm shoe

Object history note

This particular coat is Butterfly No 12, cat no Z23 as depicted in Rhodes' autobiography (1984). A picture of the coat being modelled by Natalie Wood in a Gianni Penati photograph for Vogue, 1969, appears on page 31

Reference:
Rhodes, Zandra and Knight, Anne, The Art Of Zandra Rhodes, London, 1984

The coat forms part of the Cecil Beaton Collection.With great energy and determination the late Sir Cecil Beaton contacted the well-dressed elite of Europe and America to bring this lasting monument to the art of dress. The collection was exhibited in 1971, accompanied by a catalogue which detailed its enormous range (catalogue number 207, page 40)..

Materials

Felt

Techniques

Screen printing

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Textiles; Footwear; Clothing

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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