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Skirt suit ensemble

Skirt suit ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (designed)

  • Date:

    1988 (retailed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Valentino, born 1932 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    silk, chiffon, cotton, polyester

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jill Ritblat

  • Museum number:

    T.323:1 to 4-2000

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

The jacket of red tartan silk has a centre-front V-neck opening which fastens with a single mother-of-pearl button. It has long sleeves with matching buttons on the cuffs and 2 false pockets at the waist. 2 decorative straps with a button on each decorate the back waist. The sleeveless top of faux leopard skin printed silk has a centre-front V-neck opening to waist with button fastenings.The waistband is elasticated. The full skirt of faux leopard skin silk chiffon has two layers and a deep elasticated waistband. The alternative skirt is straight cut, in a cotton-polyester mix with a centre-back opening with zip, and 2 side pockets. At the centre-back, a vent, mounted by a single button decorates the hem. The skirt is lined with silk.

Place of Origin

Italy (designed)


1988 (retailed)


Valentino, born 1932 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

silk, chiffon, cotton, polyester


Length: 46.5 cm jacket, Weight: 0.64 kg jacket including hanger, Length: 60 cm top, Length: 61 cm chiffon skirt, Length: 57.5 cm black skirt

Descriptive line

Skirt suit ensemble, Valentino, 1988. Red tartan silk jacket with leopardskin print skirt and top, alternative black skirt

Labels and date

Jill loved the combination of tartan and animal prints which she saw as a witty Italian interpretation of the impressive tartans and protective animal skins worn by drummers in Scottish military bands. The cropped jacket resembles mess uniform - its tailored precision and geometric check contrasts with the imitation leopard print and soft lines of the gathered skirt and matching top. A straw boater by Janet James completed the ensemble, which was worn at Ascot. [2008]

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Silk; Chiffon; Polyester; Cotton


Machine sewing


Fashion; Women's clothes

Production Type

Ready to wear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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