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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1993 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Storey, Helen, born 1959 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Machine-sewn pleated acetate

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Helen Storey emulated 'Fortuny' pleats to create this hard-edged, body-clinging sheath. The dress is constructed from three tubes of tightly pleated glistening black fabric. A heavy weight, double-ended metal zip is part of the garment's seductive appeal.

Physical description

Sheath dress for clubwear of black pleated acetate with a large two-way zip along the front length of the dress.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1993 (made)


Storey, Helen, born 1959 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Machine-sewn pleated acetate

Object history note

Registered File number 1993/758.

Descriptive line

Dress, black pleated acetate, by Helen Storey, London, 1993.

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

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

Production Note

Spring/Summer 1993 collection.


Acetate (textile)


Pleating; Machine sewing


Fashion; Women's clothes; Plastic


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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