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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1951 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (designers)
    Vanners & Fennell Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr H. Megaw

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Jacket of woven tie silk. It is long sleeved and waisted with front, straight edge fastening and wide lapels, commencing at the shoulder seam, with no collar at the back. It has two pockets at the front bottom edges. The silk has a red ground with a diaper of interlinked crystal structures derived from china-clay crystals.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (manufactured)


1951 (manufactured)


Unknown (designers)
Vanners & Fennell Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Woven silk


Height: 67 cm, Width: 120 cm, Length: 26 in front edge, Circumference: 32 in waist

Object history note

X-ray crystallography involved projecting a narrow beam of X-rays on to crystalline material. Photographs were then taken of the diffracted X-rays, and the resulting lines or spots were used to plot 'maps' indicating the relationships between atoms. For the first time ever it enabled scientist to work out the structure of atoms within molecules. Britain was a world leader in the field of crystallography and during the post war period this was one of the most significant and stimulating branches of science.

Descriptive line

Jacket of woven silk, designed by members of the Crystal Design Project, manufactured by Vanners and Fennel Ltd, Great Britain, 1951

Production Note

jacket made for Dr. Megaw






Clothing; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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