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Cocktail dress - The Mondrian Collection
  • The Mondrian Collection
    Yves Saint Laurent, born 1936 - died 2008
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The Mondrian Collection

  • Object:

    Cocktail dress

  • Place of origin:

    Paris, France (made)

  • Date:

    1965 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Yves Saint Laurent, born 1936 - died 2008 (designer)
    Abraham and Bianchini Ferier (textile, maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk crêpe, lined with crêpe-de-Chine

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:

    T.369-1974

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

This dress was designed by Yves St Laurent (born 1936); the fabric was produced by Abraham and Bianchini Ferier. The dress was inspired by the abstract paintings of the Dutch De Stijl artist Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). Yves St Laurent designed a group of bold dresses based on intersecting black stripes and blocks of primary colours. It became known as the Mondrian Collection and was featured on the front of French Vogue in September 1965 and in many other fashion magazines. The designs were immediately taken up by mass manufacturers who made cheap copies.

This dress forms part of the Cecil Beaton Collection. With great energy and determination Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) contacted designers and the well-dressed elite of Europe and America to create this lasting monument to the art of dress. The collection was exhibited in 1971, accompanied by a catalogue that detailed its enormous range.

Physical description

Sleeveless, short straight cut dress of silk crêpe. It is pieced together with heavy silk crêpes, mainly white with geometric design carried out in horizontal and vertical bands of black. There is an inset panel of acid yellow on the lower right front and another of red on the left shoulder. The back is of black and white crêpe only. Lined throughout in fine white crêpe-de-Chine.

Place of Origin

Paris, France (made)

Date

1965 (designed)

Artist/maker

Yves Saint Laurent, born 1936 - died 2008 (designer)
Abraham and Bianchini Ferier (textile, maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silk crêpe, lined with crêpe-de-Chine

Descriptive line

Cocktail dress of silk crêpe, 'The Mondrian Collection', dress designed by Yves Saint Laurent and textile made by Abraham and Bianchini Ferier, Paris, 1965.

Exhibition History

Sixties Fashion (Victoria and Albert Museum 01/01/2006-31/12/2006)
Fashion: an anthology by Cecil Beaton (Victoria and Albert Museum 01/01/1972-31/12/1972)

Production Note

Autumn/Winter 1965

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes

Collection code

T&F

Qr_O75489
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