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Ensemble
  • Ensemble
    Rodchenko, Aleksandr Mikailovich, born 1891 - died 1956
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Ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)
    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1922 (designed)
    2005 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rodchenko, Aleksandr Mikailovich, born 1891 - died 1956 (designer)
    Morishita, Aio (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool (twill weave) and leather

  • Museum number:

    T.40:1, 2-2005

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a reproduction of the worksuit designed in 1922 by Russian artist Alexander Rodchenko (1891-1956). The V&A commissioned this reproduction for its 2005 Modernism exhibition. The suit illustrates the deep concern held by European modernists for finding an appropriate model of clothing for the new era in which they were living. The suit is based on surviving Rodchenko drawings, photographs and on the Rodchenko Room Project (2003) of the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu.

Rodchenko's original two-piece outfit was made by his wife Varvara Stepanova (1894-1958). Its simple, sturdy construction and plain wool fabric were intended to suggest connections with the worker. The design was practical for active work and the harsh climate of the Soviet Union.

Physical description

A worksuit composed of a pair of trousers and shirt made from grey wool with black leather trim at collar, cuffs, pockets and waistband. The shirt has two prominent breast pockets; the trousers also features two large hip pockets. The trousers legs end at the ankle and are finished with a buckled leather band. The shirt cuffs are also trimmed with a buckled leather band.

Place of Origin

France (made)
Japan (made)

Date

ca. 1922 (designed)
2005 (made)

Artist/maker

Rodchenko, Aleksandr Mikailovich, born 1891 - died 1956 (designer)
Morishita, Aio (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wool (twill weave) and leather

Dimensions

Height: 1590 mm, Width: 785 mm, Depth: 445 mm

Object history note

The V&A commissioned this reproduction suit for its 2005 Modernism exhibition. It was commissioned by the Museum from Japanese maker Aoi Morishita, based on surviving drawings and photographs and on the Rodchenko Room Project (2003) of the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan.

Descriptive line

Ensemble, production outfit, grey woven wool with leather trim, 2005 reconstruction of c.1922 ensemble designed and worn by the Russian artist Alexandre Rodchenko (1891-1956).

Materials

Wool; Leather; Material

Techniques

Weaving; Sewing; Twill

Categories

Fashion; Clothing

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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