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Evening dress - Faye Dunaway

Faye Dunaway

  • Object:

    Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Porter, Thea, born 1927 - died 2000 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine stitched chiffon, silk and velvet

  • Credit Line:

    Supported by the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Thea Porter designed luxurious oriental-style dresses for an exclusive clientele including Princess Margaret and Elizabeth Taylor. Born and brought up in the Middle East, she was inspired by antique silks, braids and beading, and brought her international look to London when she opened her boutique in Greek Street, Soho. This design was named after Faye Dunaway, another customer.

Physical description

Long dress of dark blue chiffon printed with grey geometrical and foliage patterns. Standing collar. Large elbow-length sleeves of dark blue chiffon with 2 rows of velvet braid. The dress has a yoke down to mid waist, embroidered with gold and silk thread, showing geometrical and foliage patterns. Fastens at the back with 3 hooks and eyes. The skirt of the dress is pleated at the waist. The hem is decorated with 2 rows of velvet braid. It is lined with blue silk.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1970 (made)


Porter, Thea, born 1927 - died 2000 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Machine stitched chiffon, silk and velvet

Marks and inscriptions

'Thea Porter / couture'
1) Makers's mark; English; back neck; machine embroidery; silk thread


Length: 140 cm, Width: 162 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: This ethnic-inspired dress epitomizes Thea Porter's work as the British leader of the Gypsy look in the late sixties and early 1970s.


Chiffon; Silk; Velvet


Machine sewing


Fashion; Clothing

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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