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Evening ensemble

Evening ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1937 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Russell, Peter (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pleated crêpe, embroidered with beads and diamante, interlined with undyed wool and lined with silk faille

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr John Fraser

  • Museum number:

    T.362, 363-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This elegant evening ensemble was designed by London couturier Peter Russell. It was worn by Mrs John Fraser (Ruth Vincent) and given by her son, Mr John Fraser. An almost identical version made in lamé was featured in Vogue magazine, where it was described as an ideal presentation dress. This ensemble forms part of the Cecil Beaton Collection, 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

Evening ensemble consisting of embroidered crêpe dress and wool coat.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1937 (made)

Artist/maker

Russell, Peter (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pleated crêpe, embroidered with beads and diamante, interlined with undyed wool and lined with silk faille

Marks and inscriptions

'PETER RUSSELL 2 CARLOS PLACE BERKELEY SQUARE W1'
Label

Descriptive line

Evening ensemble consisting of embroidered crêpe dress and wool coat, designed by Peter Russell, London, 1937.

Production Note

2 Carlos Place, Berkeley Square, London

Categories

Fashion; Embroidery; Evening wear; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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