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Kaftan

ca. 1968 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Jerusalem-born Thea Porter grew up in Damascus, Syria and spent her early adult life in Beirut, Lebanon. She started to design clothes after moving to London in 1964. She combined her artist's eye with a knowledge of non-Western garment construction and textiles to produce luxurious garments that appealed to an affluent clientele with hippie sensibilities. Her brilliantly coloured, printed silk caftans were often patch-worked with luxurious brocades or decorated with embroidered embellishments, cleverly combining elements of Western and Middle Eastern fashion.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Embroidered and brocaded silks, metal thread, glass and satin and chiffon patchwork
Brief Description
Kaftan patchwork dress, designed by Thea Porter, Great Britain, ca. 1968
Physical Description
Kaftan patchwork dress of dark green satin and printed chiffon, assorted silk and metalic woven fabrics and embroideries.
Production typeHaute couture
Gallery Label
Jerusalem-born Thea Porter grew up in Damascus, Syria and spent her early adult life in Beirut, Lebanon. She started to design clothes after moving to London in 1964. She combined her artist's eye with a knowledge of non-Western garment construction and textiles to produce luxurious garments that appealed to an affluent clientele with hippie sensibilities. Her brilliantly coloured, printed silk caftans were often patch-worked with luxurious brocades or decorated with embroidered embellishments, cleverly combining elements of Western and Middle Eastern fashion.(1997)
Credit line
Given by Mrs Whitaker
Object history
Registered File number 1992/1091.
Summary
Jerusalem-born Thea Porter grew up in Damascus, Syria and spent her early adult life in Beirut, Lebanon. She started to design clothes after moving to London in 1964. She combined her artist's eye with a knowledge of non-Western garment construction and textiles to produce luxurious garments that appealed to an affluent clientele with hippie sensibilities. Her brilliantly coloured, printed silk caftans were often patch-worked with luxurious brocades or decorated with embroidered embellishments, cleverly combining elements of Western and Middle Eastern fashion.
Collection
Accession Number
T.221-1992

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record createdSeptember 17, 2003
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