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Suit

Suit

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gilbey, Tom, born 1939 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton and synthetic fibre

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Michael Talboys on behalf of Ian Thomas

  • Museum number:

    T.57, 58-1995

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Man's suit, rose-pink jacket and trousers, of cotton and synthetic fibre.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1970 (designed)

Artist/maker

Gilbey, Tom, born 1939 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton and synthetic fibre

Dimensions

Weight: 1.28 kg

Object history note

Worn by the fashion designer Ian Thomas (1929-1993), who was best known as a designer for the Queen from the 1970s up until his unexpected death in 1993. Ian Thomas had formerly worked at the House of Norman Hartnell, joining in 1952 just in time to assist with the work on the Queen's Coronation robes and dresses for other female attendees. Ian Thomas set up his own couture establishment in 1966. Whilst remaining faithful to Hartnell (until his death in 1979) and Hardy Amies, the Queen continued to patronise Thomas for day and evening gowns.

He was particularly known for his impeccable pinstripe suits, but these early 1970s garments by Tom Gilbey are designed for casual wear, and reflect a different side to his sartorial style in the 1970s. They were donated to the Museum following Thomas's death by his long-term friend and former colleague from Hartnell, Michael Talboys.

Registered File number 1993/1523.

Descriptive line

Man's suit, jacket and trousers, cotton and synthetic, by Tom Gilbey, Great Britain, 1970.

Materials

Cotton fibre; Synthetic fibre

Categories

Men's clothes; Clothing; Fashion

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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