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Evening ensemble

Evening ensemble

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1978-1979 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Arbeid, Murray, born 1935 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine-sewn polyester jersey, sequins and bugle beads

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a black jersey evening dress with embroidery of silver sequins and bugle beads. The dress was created by London-based fashion designer Murray Arbeid for Winter 1979. He reinterprets the curvaceous styles of early 1940s dresses. However, the shoulder pads were a forerunner to the 1980s 'power' shoulder.

Physical description

Evening dress of black jersey with an asymmetrical construction. The panel on the right drapes over the body and is detailed with silver sequins and bugle beads depicting a spray of lilies. The panel on the left is gathered in a series of pleats. The dress has a deep v-neck, padded shoulders and long sleeves.

Accessorised with tights and black patent leather shoes with straps

Place of Origin

London (made)


1978-1979 (made)


Arbeid, Murray, born 1935 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Machine-sewn polyester jersey, sequins and bugle beads

Object history note

The complete ensemble was donated in 1979 with a customised Adel Rootstein mannequin specially made for the purpose of modelling it. This was part of a group of 25 such total ensembles donated in 1979.

This ensemble included a Frederick Fox evening turban (T.184-1980) and came mounted on a custom-designed Adel Rootstein mannequin.

Descriptive line

Evening dress, black jersey, embroidered, Murray Arbeid, London, Winter 1979

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

Mendes, Valerie. Black In Fashion. London: V&A Publications, 1999.

Production Note

Winter 1979, accessorised with a Frederick Fox turban hat


Jersey; Sequin; Beads


Machine sewing


Fashion; Clothing; Formal wear; Evening wear

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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