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Fur cape - The Pirelli Calendar 1985

The Pirelli Calendar 1985

  • Object:

    Fur cape

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1984 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Maxfield Parrish (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Fur patchworked together and velvet

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sandro Veronesi

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Fur cape of white mink, black-dyed musquash and black-dyed blue fox, with the Pirelli tyre-track design, white tracks against black. Velvet.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1984 (made)


Maxfield Parrish (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Fur patchworked together and velvet

Object history note

Registered File number 1985/1213. Featured on the Pirelli Calendar, 1985, for November. Modelled by Iman, photographed by Norman Parkinson. Art direction by Martyn Walsh.
Gallery label text for Fashion Tracks exhibition:


Designer Clothes for the 1985 Pirelli Calendar
In 1983 Martyn Walsh the Art Director and Designer of the Pirelli Calendar suggested to Pirelli UK Ltd that they revive the famous Pirelli Calendar and as an innovation incorporate a fashion show using the P6 tyre tread as the decorative theme. Fourteen leading British Designers were invited to make clothes and accessories using the tyre tread design. These commissions represented a significant break-away from the traditional Pirelli Calendars and resulted in an unusual and stylistically powerful collection. The dramatic photographs were taken by Norman Parkinson. At the Calendar launch the collection was auctioned for charity and later the owners generously gave these unique works to the V&A.
The Mannequins and display are by the Creative Team of Adel Rootstein Hopkins Ltd.
The display will be in the Dress Collection from 5th November 1986 to Autumn 1987. It is divided into two parts, one on either side of the Dress Collection at the entrances from Rooms 21 and 47 respectively.

Descriptive line

Fur cape of white mink, black-dyed musquash and black-dyed blue fox, designed by Maxwell Croft, England, 1984.


Fur (mink); Fur (musquash); Fur (blue fox)


Patchwork; Velvet weave

Subjects depicted

Tyre tracks


Fashion; Evening wear; Women's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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