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Fashion drawing

  • Date:

    1953-1954 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fromenti, Marcel (artist)
    Legroux Soeurs (milliner)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink, wash and chinese white

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Editor of 'The Lady'

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case FD, shelf 16

This is an original artwork for a fashion illustration by Marcel Fromenti for The Lady, a weekly magazine for women published since 1885. At the time it was made, Fromenti was the main artist for The Lady's fashion articles. The glamorous women in his drawings modelled both couture and high-end ready-to-wear garments with equal panache and elegance. Couture dresses and suits by leading Paris and London couturiers such as Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain and Norman Hartnell were drawn with the same flair as designs from British ready-to-wear labels such as Susan Small, Roecliff & Chapman, and Marcus. The articles described the fashion developments of their day in simple, accessible terms that contributed greatly to The Lady's popularity with its readers. Pencil notes record the designers, fabric and colour details, alongside technical instructions to the printers as to how these images should be incorporated into the printed page and at what scale.

Physical description

Drawing of a woman in a Legroux Soeurs hat of iridescent blue-green cock feathers. The hat fits closely to one side of the head with a large swathe of feathers curving round to the face, leaving the other side of the head and one ear exposed. 1 of 94 sheets of fashion drawings. Inscribed with the designers' names, descriptions in French, and dated on the back.


1953-1954 (published)


Fromenti, Marcel (artist)
Legroux Soeurs (milliner)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink, wash and chinese white

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with the designers' names, descriptions in French, and dated on the back

Descriptive line

Marcel Fromenti. Feathered hat by Legroux Soeurs, for The Lady. 1953-54

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1954 London: HMSO, 1963


Pen and ink; Wash; Chinese white


Drawings; Fashion; Fashion plates; Illustration; Women's clothes; Hats & headwear; Accessories


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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