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Tunic - Marca Polo

Marca Polo

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1983-1984 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Artwork - Gottelier Ltd (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Knitted silk and cashmere

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the makers

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Tunic of knitted silk and cashmere.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1983-1984 (made)


Artwork - Gottelier Ltd (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Knitted silk and cashmere

Object history note

Registered File number 1985/717. Part of an ensemble T.203 to F-1985 commissioned by the Comitato Venezia Moda for the 1984 Venice Carnival.

Descriptive line

Tunic 'Marca Polo' of knitted silk and cashmere, made by Artwork, Gottelier Ltd., London, 1983-1984

Labels and date

Tabard, sweater, leggings, mittens and stole, hand and machine-knitted in silk and cashmere, mask of beaten metal.
British: Artwork (Jane Foster and Patrick Gottelier), 1983-4

This fantastic outfit was commissioned by the Comitato Venezia Moda for the 1984 Venice Carnival. Artwork conjured up a female form of Marco Polo (the 13th century Venetian explorer and merchant) returning to Venice from China, gloriously resplendent in precious materials from the Orient.

The tabard is simply constructed from two lengths of knitting joined together leaving a hole for the head, gathered across the shoulders and caught at the sides underarm. The wide ribbing is smocked at random with metal studs. Underneath are worn a sweater and leggings in a 'seersucker' effect stitch, uneven bands of stocking stitch ruched into narrow bands of garter stitch. The shaggy stole is knitted in stocking and garter stitches from a knitted yarn and strips of woven fabrics, the knotted ends of which are left hanging in profusion from the surface. The golden mask which completes the carnival theme of disguise was made by Sheila Teague and Gary Wright for Artwork.

Given by Jane Foster and Patrick Gottelier
T.203 to F-1985 [1985]


Silk thread; Cashmere




Women's clothes; Fashion; Clothing


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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