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Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    Britain, United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    early 1986 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Godley, Georgina, born 1955 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk jersey with boned hoops

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the designer

  • Museum number:

    T.7&A-1988

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

Georgina Godley's sculptural designs reflect her training in fine art. This fluid, semi-transparent dress skims the body until it flares at the hooped hem. The neck and wrists are also emphasized with boned hoops. It was designed to be worn with a bodystocking dyed to match the silk jersey. Godley challenged conventional notions of femininity by featuring decorative padded stomachs and bottoms in some of her most radical designs.

Physical description

Semi-transparent green dress in silk jersey, and with boned hoops at the hem, neck, and wrists. With bodystocking dyed to match the dress.

Place of Origin

Britain, United Kingdom (made)

Date

early 1986 (designed)

Artist/maker

Godley, Georgina, born 1955 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk jersey with boned hoops

Object history note

Registered File number 1988/108.

Descriptive line

Semi-transparent dress in silk jersey and bodystocking, designed by Georgina Godley, Great Britain, 1986

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. pp. 30 and 204.

Exhibition History

The Collection Grows: New Acquistions (Victoria and Albert Museum 01/01/1988-31/12/1988)
The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997 (Victoria and Albert Museum 06/03/1997-27/07/1997)

Labels and date

Georgina Godley's sculptural designs reflect her training in fine art. This fluid, semi-transparent dress skims the body until it flares at the hooped hem. The neck and wrists are also emphasized with boned hoops. It was designed to be worn with a bodystocking dyed to match the silk jersey. Georgina Godley has challenged conventional notions of femininity: her most radical designs have decorative padded stomachs and bottoms. [1997]
DRESS
English. Georgina Godley, Summer 1986
Silk jersey

The fluid semi-transparent dress fits the body like a second skin, with godets allowing it to flare out at the hem. The neck and wrist-edges and the hemline are emphasised by boning. It is worn simply over a body stocking dyed to match the silk jersey.
Georgina Godley maintains a reputation for radical and highly innovative design.

Given by Georgina Godley
T.7 & A-1988 [1988]

Production Note

Attribution note: Designed to be worn with a bodystocking dyed to match the silk jersey

Materials

Silk jersey

Techniques

Boned

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Underwear; Women's clothes

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection code

T&F

Qr_O83593
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