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Not currently on display at the V&A


1953 (Made)
Place Of Origin

Red lace ballgown with chenille embroidery and layered tulle underskirts in red and pink.

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Lace embroidered with chenille
Brief Description
Red lace ballgown with chenille embroidery and multiple tulle underskirts in shades of red and pink.
Physical Description
Red lace ballgown with chenille embroidery and layered tulle underskirts in red and pink.
Production typeHaute couture
Credit line
Gift of the Viscountess Norwich
Object history
The dress was worn by Lady Alice Makins (nee Brooks Davis) wife of Sir Roger Makins the British Ambassador in Washington 1953 to 1956. She ordered a number of dresses to wear when her husband was appointed ambassador. Born and raised in the US, Lady Makins liked to purchase her summer clothing in the US and her winter clothing in Britain. This dress was designed by Angele Delanghe a London-based designer who had a salon in Fortnum and Mason at the time. The dress model was titled 'Poinsettia'. Lady Makins requested straps to be fitted to the original strapless bodice, this may have been a practical consideration in light of the fact that she and her husband were known for their love of dancing. The dress was inherited by her daughter Mary, the Viscountess Norwich who donated it to the museum. The dress featured in an editorial in March 2013 Harpers Bazaar (British version) shot by photographer Cathleen Naundorf.
A version of this dress was also produced for Lady Alice Egerton, Lady in Waiting to the Queen. Lady Egerton ordered it to wear whilst accompanying the Queen on her tour of Australia. This dress was reported on in the Australian Sunday Herald on 13 Sept 1953.
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record createdFebruary 26, 2013
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