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Candida

  • Object:

    Evening dress

  • Place of origin:

    Britain, United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1964 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bellville Sassoon (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Organdie, silk embroidery and bead-work

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Jill Ritblat

  • Museum number:

    T.77-1996

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

Clothes with the Bellville Sassoon label were noted for their fashionable cut, bright colour palette and youthful aura. This embroidered organdie evening dress was further embellished with pendant beads and sequins in Bellville Sassoon's workrooms. Jill Ritblat wore this dress for formal evening occasions.

Physical description

Pink embroidered organdie dress with silk ribbon bow.

Place of Origin

Britain, United Kingdom (made)

Date

1964 (made)

Artist/maker

Bellville Sassoon (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Organdie, silk embroidery and bead-work

Object history note

Worn and given by Jill Ritblat.

Registered File number 1996/401.

Descriptive line

Evening dress of pink embroidered organdie with silk ribbon bow, Bellville Sasson, Great Britain, 1964.

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

de la Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. V&A Publications, London, 1997, p. 79.
Sassoon, David and Stemp, Sinty. The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon. ACC Editions, England, 2009, p.40 and p.43 (original design sketch)
Original design sketch reproduced.in book, caption on earlier page

Exhibition History

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

Labels and date

Clothes with the Bellville Sassoon label were noted for their fashionable cut, bright colour palette and youthful aura. This embroidered organdie was further embellished with pendant beads and sequins in Bellville Sassoon's workrooms. Jill Ritblat wore this dress for formal evening occasions. [1997]
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Belinda Belville and David Sassoon excelled at designing elaborate eveningwear. They dressed many of London's stylish young women. A momentous occasion for 23-year old Jill Ritblat was the ball hosted in 1966 by Selim Zilkha to celebrate her engagement to his nephew Elie. Ritblat had ordered this couture evening dress from Bellville Sassoon's popular 'Infanta' collection eighteen months earlier. She recalled, 'I could not find anything more suitable to wear than this dress.'
David Sassoon's original drawing for the dress includes a swatch of its silk organza embroidered with crystal drop beads, made by the Swiss textile firm Naef & Co. [25/07/2012]

Production Note

This embroidered organdie was further embellished with pendant beads and sequins in Bellville Sasson's workrooms.

Materials

Silk (textile); Organdie

Techniques

Embroidering; Bead-work

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Formal wear; Women's clothes

Collection code

T&F

Qr_O83816
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