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Evening dress
  • Evening dress
    Feliks Topolski, born 1907 - died 1989
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Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1947 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Feliks Topolski, born 1907 - died 1989 (fabric, designer)
    Rima (designer)
    Ascher Ltd (fabric, maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed crêpe

  • Museum number:

    T.505-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

With its late 1930s overtones, this dress has a bias-cut wrap-over skirt, and skims the body. The fabric was manufactured by the Ascher textile company, and designed by artist Feliks Topolski on commission. Topolski’s semi-abstract cherub design made an ideal print for this fluid garment.

During the 1940s the Aschers commissioned leading artists such as Matisse and Henry Moore to design a collection of fabrics to brighten up the dull post-war British wardrobe, and from 1946 Ascher supplied fabrics to the international fashion industry. They opened their own printworks and became known for lively screen printed designs.

Physical description

Evening dress of printed crêpe. Bias-cut wrap-over dress with gathered sleeves and an asymmetrical skirt made in a semi-abstract cherub design.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

Date

1947 (made)

Artist/maker

Feliks Topolski, born 1907 - died 1989 (fabric, designer)
Rima (designer)
Ascher Ltd (fabric, maker)

Materials and Techniques

Printed crêpe

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1985/2267.

Descriptive line

Evening dress of printed crêpe, Rima Model, fabric designed by Feliks Topolski for Ascher Ltd, Great Britain, 1947.

Exhibition History

The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997 (Victoria and Albert Museum 06/03/1997-27/07/1997)

Labels and date

With its late 1930s overtones, this dress has a bias-cut wrap-over skirt and skims the body. Feliks Topolski and Zika Ascher enjoyed a close working relationship. Topolski's semi-abstract cherub design made an ideal print for this fluid garment. Interviewed in 1986, the artist spoke of postwar problems involving lack of good silks and colours, nasty textures and bad dyes. [1997]

Materials

Crepe

Techniques

Printed

Subjects depicted

Cherubs

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes

Collection code

T&F

Qr_O83559
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