Diamonds and Roses

Evening Coat
1969 (made)
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Place Of Origin

In 1969 and the early 1970s Zandra Rhodes made a number of screen-printed felt coats and capes with immense flared or circular panels. These garments were an ideal canvas for her bright, painterly patterns. This coat was originally worn over a screen-printed chiffon hooded dress in matching colours, with a pair of yellow patent shoes by Charles Jourdan. It 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.

The coat forms part of the Cecil Beaton Collection.This Collection was brought together by the society photographer Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). With great energy and determination, Beaton contacted the well-dressed elite of Europe and North America to help create this lasting monument to the art of dress. The Collection was exhibited in 1971, accompanied by a catalogue that detailed its enormous range.


object details
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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 4 parts.

  • Coat
  • Shoe
  • Shoe
  • Spare Beads
Additional TitleKnitted Circle (assigned by artist)
Materials and Techniques
Screen-printed felt, trimmed with bead-decorated streamers
Brief Description
Coat of yellow screen printed felt (not silk), by Zandra Rhodes, 1969, English; F, 1969, English; Rhodes, Zandra. BC207; ensemble, F, 1969, French; Jourdan, Charles with Z Rhodes. Yellow patentBC207; Coloured beads threaded on red and yellow silk ribbons, to be worn as hair ribbons
Physical Description
This circular coat of vibrant yellow screen-printed felt falls from a high yoke and has a collar of inverted top stitched scallops decorated with beaded streamers. The large sleeves are elasticated at the wrists. The coat was originally worn over a screen-printed chiffon hooded dress in matching colours. The hem of the coat is screen-printed with Zandra Rhodes' Diamonds and Roses print, while the upper part is printed with Knitted Circle.



Yellow patent shoes by Charles Jourdan, worn with above coat. Coloured inlays, flat heel and square toes.
Dimensions
  • Shoe height: 9.5cm
  • Shoe width: 7.5cm
  • Shoe length: 25cm
Production typeHaute couture
Credit line
Worn and given by Miss Irene Worth
Object history
This particular coat is Butterfly No 12, cat no Z23 as depicted in Rhodes' autobiography (1984). A picture of the coat being modelled by Natalie Wood in a Gianni Penati photograph for Vogue, 1969, appears on page 31



Reference:

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



The coat forms part of the Cecil Beaton Collection.With great energy and determination the late Sir Cecil Beaton contacted the well-dressed elite of Europe and America to bring this lasting monument to the art of dress. The collection was exhibited in 1971, accompanied by a catalogue which detailed its enormous range (catalogue number 207, page 40)..
Summary
In 1969 and the early 1970s Zandra Rhodes made a number of screen-printed felt coats and capes with immense flared or circular panels. These garments were an ideal canvas for her bright, painterly patterns. This coat was originally worn over a screen-printed chiffon hooded dress in matching colours, with a pair of yellow patent shoes by Charles Jourdan. It 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.



The coat forms part of the Cecil Beaton Collection.This Collection was brought together by the society photographer Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). With great energy and determination, Beaton contacted the well-dressed elite of Europe and North America to help create this lasting monument to the art of dress. The Collection was exhibited in 1971, accompanied by a catalogue that detailed its enormous range.
Bibliographic Reference
Fashion : An Anthology by Cecil Beaton. London : H.M.S.O., 1971no. 207
Other Number
Z23 - design number
Collection
Accession Number
T.356-1974

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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