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Much Ado

Evening Ensemble
1952-1953 (made)
Place of origin

Evening ensemble consisting of a dress, with belt, bolero, jacket, hat and box, and pair of gloves.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 8 parts.

  • Hat Box
  • Hat
  • Glove
  • Glove
  • Coat
  • Bolero
  • Belt
  • Dress
TitleMuch Ado (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Silk velvet, braiding, leather, silk, cloque, suede
Brief description
Evening ensemble of silk velvet dress, leather belt, silk velvet bolero, cloque & velvet coat, velvet hat (by Rudolph), cardboard hat box and suede gloves, designed by Digby Morton, London, autumn/winter 1952-1953.
Physical description
Evening ensemble consisting of a dress, with belt, bolero, jacket, hat and box, and pair of gloves.
Production typeHaute couture
Marks and inscriptions
Labels 'Digby Morton, Grosvenor Hill, London, W.1' (Label)
Credit line
Given by Lady Howard Robertson
Object history
Worn and given by Lady Howard Robertson of 59 Montague Square, London, W1., on 19 September 1975.
Bibliographic references
  • Harpers Bazaar, September 1952
  • Nottingham Guardian, 25/08/1952
  • Francis Marshall sketch books of 'London dress shows 1951 1952', V&A AAD (Francis Marshall Archive)
  • John French Archive: V&A AAD - J.F.613/2, J.F.613/6
  • Glasgow Daily Record, 29 August 1952
  • Vogue (British), September 1952
  • Birmignham Gazette Date???
  • Digby Morton Archives, (several albumns of Press Cuttings), currently in the NCS Archives
  • Breward, C., 'Intoxicated on Images' in Wilcox, C., ed., The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-57 (V&A Publications, 2007), pl.8.4,6,7
Accession number
T.277 to G-1975

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Record createdFebruary 1, 2006
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