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Coat

  • Place of origin:

    Britain, United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1937 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beaton, Cecil, 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

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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 muslin roses, woollen yarn, and plastic egg shells and egg whites.

Place of Origin

Britain, United Kingdom (made)

Date

1937 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Corduroy decorated with muslin, woollen yarn and plastic

Dimensions

Height: 150 cm, Width: 68 cm, Depth: 68 cm

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

Exhibition History

The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997 (Victoria and Albert Museum 06/03/1997-27/07/1997)

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]

Associated names

Cecil Beaton

Materials

Plastic; Cotton (textile); Wool yarn

Techniques

Plain weave

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Fashion; Plastic; Men's clothes

Production Type

Unique

Collection code

T&F

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