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Coat

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1937 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beaton, Cecil (Sir), born 1904 - died 1980 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Corduroy decorated with muslin, woollen yarn and plastic

  • Museum number:

    T.47-1997

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Cecil Beaton designed and wore this 18th-century-style jacket, with surreal touches, for a fête champêtre he hosted at his country house, Ashcombe. Gordon Anthony photographed him wearing it, gazing into a flower-framed mirror with a rabbit mask on the back of his head.

Cecil Beaton compiled a significant part of the V&A's Twentieth Century Dress Collection. This jacket is shown here to acknowledge this important contribution and to reveal how the collection inspires designers.

Physical description

Cream corduroy coat decorated with applied muslin roses, irregular shaped pieces of woollen yarn pulled through canvas, and cellulose nitrate egg shells glued to PVC egg whites.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1937 (made)

Artist/maker

Beaton, Cecil (Sir), born 1904 - died 1980 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Corduroy decorated with muslin, woollen yarn and plastic

Dimensions

Height: 150 cm Mounted on a stockman mannequin, Width: 68 cm Mounted on a stockman mannequin, Depth: 68 cm Mounted on a stockman mannequin

Object history note

This coat was worn by Cecil Beaton in 1937 for his Fête Champêtre party at Ashcombe House, his home in Wiltshire.

Historical context note

A copy of Gordon Anthony's photograph of Cecil Beaton wearing this coat is in the National Portrait Gallery's collection (NPG x126402).

Descriptive line

Surrealist corduroy coat with muslin roses, woollen yarn, and plastic, designed by Sir Cecil Beaton, Great Britain, 1937

Labels and date

Cecil Beaton designed and wore this 18th-century-style jacket, with surreal touches, for a fête champêtre he hosted at his country house, Ashcombe. Gordon Anthony photographed him wearing it, gazing into a flower-framed mirror, with a rabbit mask on the back of his head.

Cecil Beaton compiled a significant part of the V&A's Twentieth Century Dress Collection. This jacket is shown here to acknowledge this important contribution and to reveal how the collection inspires designers. [1997]

Materials

Cotton (textile); Wool yarn; Plastic; Muslin; PVC; Celluloid

Techniques

Plain weave; Applique; Gluing

Subjects depicted

Eggs; Roses

Categories

Fancy-dress; Men's clothes; Entertainment & Leisure; Fashion; Plastic; Gender and Sexuality

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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