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Skirt

Skirt

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1984 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Freeman, Susie, born 1956 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk taffeta and nylon net with sequins and ribbons

  • Museum number:

    T.156-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Susie Freeman designed this imaginative evening ensemble. It employs her signature 'pocket knitting' technique. She has enmeshed the glittering decorations within a double layer of fabric. Underlayers of taffeta and nylon net create the fullness of the ankle-length skirt. The creative use of knitted structures and the combination of natural and manmade fibres are typical of Freeman's innovative work.

Physical description

Skirt of ikat silk taffeta and nylon net with sequins and ribbons. Ankle-length and gathered into a deep waistband. The fullness is achieved by underlayers of taffeta and nylon net.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1984 (made)

Artist/maker

Freeman, Susie, born 1956 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk taffeta and nylon net with sequins and ribbons

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1985/202. Acquired with top T.156A-1985.

Descriptive line

Skirt of silk taffeta with sequins and ribbons, designed by Susie Freeman, Great Britain, 1984.

Labels and date

Susie Freeman's imaginative evening ensemble employs her signature 'pocket knitting' technique, in which glittering decorations are enmeshed within a double layer of fabric. The fullness of the ankle-length skirt, which is gathered into a deep waistband, is achieved by underlayers of taffeta and nylon net. The creative use of knitted structures and the combination of natural and man-made fibres are characteristic of Freeman's innovative work. [1997]
EVENING ENSEMBLE
SKIRT
Machine knitted nylon monofilament and ikat (tie-dyed) silk, decorated with sequins and snippets of fancy ribbons and braids
VEST
Machine-knitted cotton and ikat silk
British: Susie Freeman, 1984

The fullness of this ankle-length skirt, gathered into a wide elasticated waistband, is achieved by underlayers of taffeta and nylon net. The glittering decorations are enmeshed in a double-layer knitted fabric of fine nylon thread, which is surprisingly soft to the touch. The co-ordinating sleeveless top is cut in one piece from knitted fabric placed horizontally. It is seamed at the centre back and across the shoulders.

Susie Freeman makes knitted hangings and a range of costume accessories as well as exotic one-off outfits. Her imaginative use of knitted structure is far removed from traditional image of knitting.

T.156&A-1985 []

Materials

Silk (textile); Sequins; Nylon net; Taffeta

Techniques

Ikat; Plain weave

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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