Saint Pierre

Fashion Drawing
1953-1954 (published)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D
Artist/Maker

This is an original artwork for a fashion illustration by Marcel Fromenti for The Lady, a weekly magazine for women published since 1885. At the time it was made, Fromenti was the main artist for The Lady's fashion articles. The glamorous women in his drawings modelled both couture and high-end ready-to-wear garments with equal panache and elegance. Couture dresses and suits by leading Paris and London couturiers such as Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain and Norman Hartnell were drawn with the same flair as designs from British ready-to-wear labels such as Susan Small, Roecliff & Chapman, and Marcus. The articles described the fashion developments of their day in simple, accessible terms that contributed greatly to The Lady's popularity with its readers. Pencil notes record the designers, fabric and colour details, alongside technical instructions to the printers as to how these images should be incorporated into the printed page and at what scale.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and ink, wash and chinese white
Brief Description
Marcel Fromenti, for The Lady. 1953-54. Coats, one by Madeline de Rauch and one, "Saint Pierre" shown front and back, by Jacques Fath.
Physical Description
Two coats (one shown front and back) by Madeline de Rauch and Jacques Fath. The De Rauch coat to the left is cut in a smock-style manner, with soft gathers falling from a high yoke and full sleeves caught in at the cuff. It is double-breasted with dark buttons, and has large patch pockets at the hips. The Fath coat, centre and right, is called "Saint Pierre" and is similar to a priest's cassock, in dark fabric with high mandarin collar, buttons from neck to waist, and slightly shaped at the waist, swinging out into a full skirt falling to mid-calf. Breast pockets are diagonally set at an angle and there is complex diagonal seaming. The model wears black gloves and carries a tightly rolled umbrella and wears a small dark hat. To the right is a back view of the Fath coat.
Marks and Inscriptions
(Inscribed with the designers' names, descriptions in French, and dated on the back)
Credit line
Given by the Editor of 'The Lady'
Summary
This is an original artwork for a fashion illustration by Marcel Fromenti for The Lady, a weekly magazine for women published since 1885. At the time it was made, Fromenti was the main artist for The Lady's fashion articles. The glamorous women in his drawings modelled both couture and high-end ready-to-wear garments with equal panache and elegance. Couture dresses and suits by leading Paris and London couturiers such as Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain and Norman Hartnell were drawn with the same flair as designs from British ready-to-wear labels such as Susan Small, Roecliff & Chapman, and Marcus. The articles described the fashion developments of their day in simple, accessible terms that contributed greatly to The Lady's popularity with its readers. Pencil notes record the designers, fabric and colour details, alongside technical instructions to the printers as to how these images should be incorporated into the printed page and at what scale.
Bibliographic Reference
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1954 London: HMSO, 1963
Collection
Accession Number
E.1602-1954

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