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Day ensemble - Malaga
  • Malaga
    Crahay, Jules-François, born 1917 - died 1988
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Malaga

  • Object:

    Day ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1971 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Crahay, Jules-François, born 1917 - died 1988 (designer)
    Paolozzi, Eduardo (Sir), born 1924 - died 2005 (designer)
    Lanvin (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed wool, vinyl, lined with satin, machine-knitted wool and chiffon

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lanvin

  • Museum number:

    T.303 to D-1971

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The relationship between artists and fashion designers is often very close. In the late 1960s and early 1970s the Scottish-Italian artist Eduardo Paolozzi created a series of prints called "Moonstrips Empire News". These captured the attention of Jules-François Crahay, head designer for Lanvin from 1964 to 1984. He commissioned special fabrics based on Paolozzi's designs which were exclusive only to Lanvin's Spring-Summer collection of 1971. This tailored two-piece, which Crahay called 'Malaga', was designed to be worn as day-wear. The sleeveless tunic and skirt are worn with a solid brown long-sleeved jumper, belt and scarf to focus attention on the vibrant pattern.

Paolozzi requested that Lanvin donate an example of this ensemble to the V&A in lieu of his royalties. Another Lanvin/Paolozzi ensemble, 'Djerba', was also donated (see T.304, A &B-1971). The 'Moonstrips Empire News' prints also inspired a series of Wedgwood ceramics, samples of which are held by the Ceramics Collection, (see CIRC.512-1972)

Physical description

Day ensemble comprising a jacket, skirt, jumper, belt and scarf made from 100% wool (Trade name Bombyx), printed with a multi-coloured design in shades of brown, beige, red and purple, and trimmed with shiny brown vinyl.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1971 (made)

Artist/maker

Crahay, Jules-François, born 1917 - died 1988 (designer)
Paolozzi, Eduardo (Sir), born 1924 - died 2005 (designer)
Lanvin (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Printed wool, vinyl, lined with satin, machine-knitted wool and chiffon

Dimensions

Circumference: 64.5 cm waist, skirt, Circumference: 86.5 cm bust, waistcoat

Object history note

This ensemble was featured in the Lanvin Spring-Summer collection of 1971, where it was described as: '"MALAGA": Tailleur deux-pieces-sweater-sans manchez-bordé vinyl brilliant sur pull-over á manches longues. (laine imprimée d'apres PAOLOZZI - Exclusif BOMBYX). (rough translation: '"Malaga": Tailored two-piece, bright sleeveless tunic with vinyl over sweater with long sleeves. (Printed wool after Paolozzi, exclusive from Bombyx). The outfit was also featured in the French publication "Femmes D'Aujourd-Hui" of 28/4/1971

The fabric was specially commissioned by Crahay after he had seen Paolozzi's print series "Moonstrips Empire news". It was exclusive to Lanvin, and was printed and made by the Italian company Bombyx and the French company Ducharne. Rather than accept royalties from the sales, Paolozzi requested that Lanvin donate the ensemble to the V&A in lieu of his royalties. Another Lanvin/Paolozzi ensemble, "Djerba", was also donated (see T.304, A &B-1971)

Some Wedgwood ceramics were also produced bearing a design inspired by the same print series. They were given to the Department of Circulation at the same time as these outfits, and are now held by the Ceramics Collection, see CIRC.512, A to E-1972

Descriptive line

Day ensemble 'Malaga' comprising a woollen jacket, skirt and jumper, vinyl belt and chiffon scarf, designed by Jules-François Crahay and Eduardo Paolozzi for Lanvin, Paris, 1971

Production Note

Spring-Summer 1971

Materials

Wool; Satin; Vinyl; Chiffon

Techniques

Printing

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes; Day wear; Textiles; Accessories; Scotland

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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