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Dress

Dress

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1940s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utility (made for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Pennie Smith

  • Museum number:

    T.55-1979

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Hardy Amies, Digby Morton, Bianca Mosca, Peter Russell and Worth (London) Ltd. created the prototype Utility designs. Throughout the 1940s the Utility programme aimed to produce goods, from furniture to clothing, that used a minimum of materials while demonstrating both excellence and simplicity of design. This overall, or housedress, was designed to Utility standards. It has no more than two pockets, five buttons, six seams, 160 inches of stitching and no superfluous decoration. It is made of a floral printed fabric, an area of textile production in which Britain has long excelled.

Physical description

Single breasted, front-fastening utility dress/overallwith maroon buttons. Shirt style collar and revers, short, puffed sleeves. Belts attached to front seams tie at back. Two small patch pockets at skirt sides. In a brightly coloured all over floral print on cotton, in orange, yellow, red, blue and dark brown on white.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1940s (made)

Artist/maker

Utility (made for)

Materials and Techniques

Cotton

Marks and inscriptions

CC41 / OS
Label

Dimensions

Length: 117 cm, Circumference: 106 cm waist, untied, Circumference: 74 cm waist, tied, approx.

Descriptive line

Dress/overall, printed cotton, made for Utility, England, 1940s.

Labels and date

Hardy Amies, Digby Morton, Bianca Mosca, Peter Russell and Worth (London) Ltd. created the prototype Utility designs. The Broad of Trade specified that a dress could have no more than two pockets, five buttons, six seams, 160 inches of stitching and no superfluous decoration. Utility garments were sometimes brightly coloured but pattern repeats were small to avoid wastage when cutting. [1997]

Materials

Cotton

Categories

Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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