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dress 1990.108

Object Name: ball dress

Artist/Maker: Fratini, Gina
Role in production: Designer
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom
Date: 1978

Accession Number: 1990.108
Image Copyright: ©Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • silk
  • lace
  • watered

Full length ball or party dress:
Bodice section in pink ribbed watered silk with attached elbow length sleeves in cream machine lace, gathered with a naroow pink ribbon tie. Wide pleated silk bands run from the waist either side, over the shoulders forming epaulettes, and down the back to the waist. A length of lace also runs over the shoulders. A falling lace collar, round and with scalloped edges, is attached at the neck. Full length opening CB bodice, fastening with eight buttons.
Straight horizontal waist. Peplum formed by pleated silk over lace. Very full skirt. Caught up slightly at the side and decorated with ribbon ties. Cream silk petticoat attached below. Triple net petticoat below this, and support petticoat of cream silk. Attached lead couture seal for customs on hem of top petticoat. 8" zip at waist and white Petersham waistband.

A stock model,. kept by the designer, from the 1978 collection. A New Romantic look well in advance of the Emmanuels.


Type: Dress
Height: 66 cm

Type: Bust
Width: 86