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Fashion Illustration

late 1920s (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This large fashion illustration is an original drawing signed Fanny Fern Fitzwater. It depicts two very smartly dressed women in day dresses with matching scarves, fashionable in the late 1920s. The woman on the right also wears a very large geometric Art Deco bracelet. The dresses were probably designed by Jean-Charles Worth of the House of Worth, as this drawing was found in the archives of the Houses of Worth and Paquin alongside other designs by Worth.

Fanny Fern Fitzwater (1886-1966) was an American fashion illustrator and journalist. She regularly travelled to Paris to report back from the seasonal fashion shows during the 1920s and 1930s, and as this drawing shows, drew her own illustrations. By the late 1930s she had become a regular reporter for the New York Herald Tribune and was a recognised fashion authority.


Object details
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Object type
Materials and techniques
pencil, ink and chinese white
Brief description
Fanny Fern Fitzwater. Fashion illustration of two women in day dresses and scarves of the 1920s, possibly designed by Worth. Pencil, black ink and chinese white. French.
Physical description
Fashion illustration of two women in day dresses and scarves of the late 1920s. Pencil, black ink and chinese white.
Dimensions
  • Height: 40cm
  • Width: 26.5cm
Credit line
Given by the House of Worth
Summary
This large fashion illustration is an original drawing signed Fanny Fern Fitzwater. It depicts two very smartly dressed women in day dresses with matching scarves, fashionable in the late 1920s. The woman on the right also wears a very large geometric Art Deco bracelet. The dresses were probably designed by Jean-Charles Worth of the House of Worth, as this drawing was found in the archives of the Houses of Worth and Paquin alongside other designs by Worth.



Fanny Fern Fitzwater (1886-1966) was an American fashion illustrator and journalist. She regularly travelled to Paris to report back from the seasonal fashion shows during the 1920s and 1930s, and as this drawing shows, drew her own illustrations. By the late 1930s she had become a regular reporter for the New York Herald Tribune and was a recognised fashion authority.
Bibliographic reference
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1957-1958 London: HMSO, 1964
Collection
Accession number
E.23026-1957

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