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Knitted Circle

Evening Dress
1969 (designed and made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Zandra Rhodes studied textiles at the Royal College of Art, where she met Sylvia Ayton, and together they opened the Fulham Road Clothes Shop in 1967. Their shop sold some of the most innovative designs to be found in London boutiques.

This kaftan-style dress comes from Zandra Rhodes' first independent collection, called 'Knitted Circle'. The collection consisted of garments made with her distinctive, hand- printed silks designed with motifs taken from knitting and embroidery stitches. Zandra Rhodes later wrote 'I made swirling, dramatic shapes with no concessions to the saleable, the acceptable or the ordinary. The true Rhodes style came into being'.

This dress was worn by Irene Worth in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Edward Albee's play Tiny Alice staged at the Aldwych Theatre, London, in 1970.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Printed silk chiffon
Brief Description
Evening dress of printed silk chiffon, designed by Zandra Rhodes, Great Britain, 1969.
Physical Description
Printed silk chiffon dress, constructed with a high-waisted bodice, long full sleeves, and long skirt.
Dimensions
  • Length: 1425mm (Note: maximum length from shoulder to hem)
  • Circumference: 338cm (Note: maximum circumference at bottom hem)
  • Circumference: 680mm (Note: bust)
  • Circumference: 800mm (Note: waist)
Production typeHaute couture
Credit line
Given by Miss Irene Worth
Object history
This particular dress is Butterfly No 11, cat no Z6 as depicted in Rhodes' 1984 autobiography (1984). A photograph of a hooded version dress being modelled by Myroslava Prystay in a David Bailey photograph from Vogue, 1969, appears on page 25. Myroslava's identical twin sister, Oxana, is wearing another dress in the V&A collection (see T.223-1993)



Reference:

Rhodes, Zandra and Knight, Anne, The Art Of Zandra Rhodes, London, 1984



Registered File number 1993/879.
Summary
Zandra Rhodes studied textiles at the Royal College of Art, where she met Sylvia Ayton, and together they opened the Fulham Road Clothes Shop in 1967. Their shop sold some of the most innovative designs to be found in London boutiques.



This kaftan-style dress comes from Zandra Rhodes' first independent collection, called 'Knitted Circle'. The collection consisted of garments made with her distinctive, hand- printed silks designed with motifs taken from knitting and embroidery stitches. Zandra Rhodes later wrote 'I made swirling, dramatic shapes with no concessions to the saleable, the acceptable or the ordinary. The true Rhodes style came into being'.



This dress was worn by Irene Worth in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Edward Albee's play Tiny Alice staged at the Aldwych Theatre, London, in 1970.
Bibliographic Reference
Fashion : An Anthology by Cecil Beaton. London : H.M.S.O., 1971no. 208
Collection
Accession Number
T.357-1974

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