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Variable Sheets/Optical Shift

Dress
1965 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Dress with zipped panels of plastic (PVC). Geometric decoration, the dress is a shift shape, and the bodice is made of black PVC. The skirt section is made of large brightly-coloured square panels of PVC joined together with zips.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Plastic (PVC) and metal zips
Brief Description
Dress with zipped panels of plastic 'Variable Sheets/Optical Shift', designed by Stephen Willats, Great Britain, 1965
Physical Description
Dress with zipped panels of plastic (PVC). Geometric decoration, the dress is a shift shape, and the bodice is made of black PVC. The skirt section is made of large brightly-coloured square panels of PVC joined together with zips.
Dimensions
  • Length: 81.5cm
  • Width: 50cm
Gallery Label
DRESS: VARIABLE SHEETS Designed and made by Stephen Wilatts (British, born 1943), London, Great Britain, 1965 Plastic with metal zips T.19-1991 This dress was one of a series of designs for furniture and dress that Stephen Willats made to express the concept of self-organisation. The zipped blocks can be assembled in a variety of ways. Stephen Wilatts used PVC because he felt it embodied the optimistic and futuristic spirit of the 1960s. The dress was made to be worn with a plastic helmet and was conceived as a work of art not for ordinary wear.
Credit line
Purchase.
Object history
Purchased. Registered File number 1990/2350.
Bibliographic Reference
Baker, Malcolm, and Brenda Richardson (eds.), A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 1999.
Collection
Accession Number
T.19-1991

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record createdNovember 7, 2003
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