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Evening dress
  • Evening dress
    Amies, Hardy, born 1909 - died 2003
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Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1953 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Amies, Hardy, born 1909 - died 2003 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk crêpe seersucker over silk satin-backed crêpe, boned

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Benita Armstrong

  • Museum number:

    T.36-1966

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Evening dress of fine black silk crêpe seersucker over pale blue silk satin-backed crêpe. With a band of warp-striped gauging mounted over the satin. Soft lines are created by gathered panels trimmed with piping. The bodice is gathered into the low-piped neck and it has a double line of minute running stitches under the bust. The full skirt falls in tiny gathers from the waist and has three gathered tiers, which are emphasised by horizontal bands of satin piping. The crêpe-backed satin foundation is boned at the bodice and has a firm waist-stay attached. The bodice fastens at the centre back with a zip.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1953 (designed)

Artist/maker

Amies, Hardy, born 1909 - died 2003 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk crêpe seersucker over silk satin-backed crêpe, boned

Marks and inscriptions

Hardy Amies, 14 Savile Row, W.1.
Printed in black on a label stitched inside the waistband

Descriptive line

Evening dress of silk crêpe seersucker, designed by Hardy Amies, London, 1953

Labels and date

EVENING DRESS, silk seersucker and satin.
English, London, Hardy Amies, about 1954

This is an unpretentious and barely black dress with fine, see-through silk over pale blue satin. The soft lines are based upon gathered panels trimmed with piping. The bodice is gathered into the low piped neck and it has a double line of minute running stitches under the bust. The full skirt falls in tiny gathers from the waist and has three gathered tiers which are emphasised by horizontal bands of satin piping. The designer handles black in a gentle and romantic manner and by allowing the smooth satin to shine through the fine silk, prevents it from becoming a dense and dominant mass. Although the garment appears easy fitting and flowing, the crepe-backed satin foundation is boned at the bodice and has a firm waist-stay attached. The sash is a modern replacement.

Worn and given by Mrs Benita Armstrong
T.36-1966 []

Materials

Silk seersucker; Satin

Categories

Evening wear; Fashion; Textiles; Women's clothes

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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