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Dress fabric
  • Dress fabric
    Delaunay, Sonia, born 1885 - died 1979
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Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1925-1927 (designed)
    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Delaunay, Sonia, born 1885 - died 1979 (designer)
    Ascher Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen-printed silk organza

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Zikimund Ascher

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Ascher Ltd. of London screen printed this silk organza dress fabric in 1967. It was designed by Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979), a Russian emigré who lived in Paris with her husband Robert. Both Sonia and Robert were Cubist painters. Sonia Delaunay was interested in developing associated theories in her textile designs. During the Paris Exhibition of Decorative Arts of 1925 she sold her simultané ('simultaneous') dress fabrics from a boutique that she shared with Jacques Heim. These carried geometric designs such as blocks, stripes or waves in mainly primary colours. The designs were based on theories about the combinations of different hues and the effect of bodily movement on the appearance of clothing. Sonia Delaunay also created costumes for the theatre and fashionable outfits trimmed with fur.

Physical description

Dress fabric of screen-printed silk organza. Geometric blocks of primary colours in black, red, blue and yellow.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1925-1927 (designed)
1967 (made)


Delaunay, Sonia, born 1885 - died 1979 (designer)
Ascher Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Screen-printed silk organza


Length: 106 cm, Width: 99.5 cm, Length: 42 in

Object history note

Geometric blocks of primary colours and black reflecting Delaunay's experimentation with cubist form and the interaction of different colours. Similar to many of her 'simultaneous' abstract designs for clothing.

Descriptive line

Dress fabric of screen-printed silk organza, designed by Sonia Delaunay between 1925-1927, and made by Ascher Ltd., London, 1967.

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

Samuels, Charlotte. Art Deco Textiles. London : V&A Publications, 2003. Plate 38.




Screen printing


Textiles; Clothing


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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