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Suit

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1940s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utility (made for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool lined with rayon and cotton

  • Museum number:

    T.242&A-1981

  • Gallery location:

    Fashion, Room 40, case CA11, shelf FIG4 []

The Utility scheme was devised by the Board of Trade to share and conserve scarce resources, whilst creating practical and stylistically appealing clothing. Specifications were set with regards to materials and design details. With its double-breasted cut, peaked lapels and wide straight-legged trousers, this suit is typical of the period. The breast pocket is stay stitched rather than interlined to economise on fabric. The pocket bags and waistband facings are made in cheap quality cotton. The suit bears the CC41 label, which means civilian clothing, 1941.

Physical description

Man's suit consisting of a double-breasted jacket with peaked lapels, and wide straight-legged trousers in brown flecked wool. Pocket bags and waistband facings are made in cotton.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1940s (made)

Artist/maker

Utility (made for)

Materials and Techniques

Wool lined with rayon and cotton

Marks and inscriptions

'CC41'
Civilian clothing 1941
label

Descriptive line

Man's woollen suit consisting of a jacket with straight-legged trousers, made for Utility, Great Britain, 1940s

Labels and date

The Utility scheme was devised to share and conserve scarce resources, whilst creating practical and stylistically appealing clothing. With its double-breasted cut, peaked lapels and wide straight-legged trousers, this suit is typical of the period. The breast pocket is stay stitched rather than interlined to economise on fabric. The pocket bags and waistband facings are made in cheap quality cotton. The suit bears the CC41 label. [1997]

Production Note

This is a utility suit made under the utility scheme of 1941-1952, devised by the Board of Trade to manage scarce resources.
Attribution note: Pocket bags and waistband facings are made in cheap quality cotton, as per the specifications of the utility scheme.

Materials

Wool (textile); Cotton (textile)

Categories

Men's clothes; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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