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Variable Sheets

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1965 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Willats, Stephen, born 1943 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and bodycolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Copyright Stephen Willats

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MM, shelf 9 []

Physical description

Design drawing for plastic dress intended for performance art, 'Variable Sheets' by Stephen Wilats, pencil and bodycolour on paper. The design consists of two sheets of paper stuck on card, and each sheet has its own part number.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1965 (made)


Willats, Stephen, born 1943 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and bodycolour on paper


Height: 111 cm, Width: 76 cm

Object history note

A dress was constructed of P.V.C. for performances but the variable panels were attached with zips and not poppers. The dress was also known as the 'Optical Shift'.

Descriptive line

Design drawing for plastic dress ' Variable Sheets' by Stephen Willats; pencil and bodycolour on paper; Britain; 1965.

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

Baker, Malcolm, and Brenda Richardson (eds.), A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 1999.

Subjects depicted

Circle; Squares (geometric figures)


Images Online; Drawings; Designs; Clothing; Fashion; Performance art


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