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Evening dress and jacket

Evening dress and jacket

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1947 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Etches, Matilda (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Quilted silk crêpe lined with silk and cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Hazel Armour

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, Room 40, case CA13 []

This cosy evening gown and jacket are quilted in the then popular shell pattern. They were specifically designed for winter evenings in the late 1940s. At this time, coal shortages in Britain after the war made the heating of public places unreliable. Matilda Etches selected fine black silk crepe to create a slimming effect and lined the jacket with an eye-catching vivid purple silk. The jacket has just two seams (under the arms) and is designed to be worn either way up, the shawl collar transforming into a flared peplum at the waist. The dress is lined with cotton and fastens at the back with hooks and eyes.

Physical description

Black quilted silk crêpe evening dress and jacket

Place of Origin

London (made)


1947 (made)


Etches, Matilda (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Quilted silk crêpe lined with silk and cotton

Descriptive line

Quilted silk crêpe evening dress and jacket, designed by Matilda Etches, London, 1947.

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

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


Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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