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Skirt suit
  • Skirt suit
    Donéllan, Michael, born 1915 - died 1985
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Skirt suit

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1954 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Donéllan, Michael, born 1915 - died 1985 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Worsted wool and buttons

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr Vivienne Cohen

  • Museum number:

    T.52:1, 2-1997

  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, Room 40, case CA11, shelf FIG2 []

This exceedingly smart two-piece typifies Michael's tailoring prowess. He created understated suits in the colours of the city - grey, black and navy blue - and always gave them distinguishing details. In this case, the natty fitted jacket has a single-breasted fastening which extends to become double-breasted just below the waist and terminates on a triangular cut-away. The jacket is padded at the hips to create a clightly curved profile over a straight-cut skirt with a front-right kick pleat.

Physical description

Slim fitted two-piece suit consisting of a jacket and skirt of fine black worsted wool garbardine.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1954 (made)

Artist/maker

Donéllan, Michael, born 1915 - died 1985 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Worsted wool and buttons

Descriptive line

Two-piece suit consisting of a jacket and skirt of worsted wool, designed by Michael Donéllan, London, 1954

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

De La Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. London: V&A Publications, 1997.
Wilcox, C. ed. The Golden Age of Couture. London: V&A Publications, 2007, p. 98 & pl. 4.7.
Mendes, Valerie. Black In Fashion. London: V&A Publications, 1999.

Labels and date

This exceedingly smart two-piece typifies Micheal's tailoring prowess. He created understated suits in the colours of the city - grey, black, and navy blue - and always gave them distinguishing details. In this case, the natty fitted jacket has a single-breasted fastening which extends to become double-breasted just below the waist and terminates on a triangular cut-away. The jacket is padded at the hips to create a slightly curved profile over a straight-cut skirt with a front-right kick pleat. [1997]
Suit
Michael Donéllan, also known as 'Michael of Carlos Place' (died 1985)
London
1954

Donéllan's adaptation of the British tailoring tradition so admired by Dior and many French couturiers is characterised by this suit which combines a masculine perfection of fit with feminine dressmaking touches such as the blouse-like collar of the jacket. In his reserved designs for a modern era and concern for sculptural form, Donellan was said to be 'the Balenciaga of London.'

Worsted wool

Worn and given by Dr Vivienne Cohen
V&A: T.52:1&2-1997 [22/09/2007]

Production Note

Also known as Michael of Carlos Place or Michael of London.

Materials

Worsted

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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