Dressing Up, Dressing Down

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dress photo 1956.431

Object Name: dress & jacket

Artist/Maker: Jean Patou, Paris
Role in production: Designer
Place of Creation: Europe, France, Île-de-France, Paris
Date: 1957

Accession Number: 1956.431
Location on Display: Ground floor: CIS Manchester Gallery
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • cotton
  • printed

Sleeveless afternoon dress of black twilled cotton printed with vivid pink blossoms, with black cotton cropped jacket and cummerbund.

Scooped neckline. Left side seam fastening with zip from armhole to below waist, inner waistband of corded ribbon fastening with hook & eye: calf-length skirt lined throughout with black stiffened muslin. Back cut to give elaborate bustle effect. Separate "puff" of fabric sewn above waistband giving the impression that the skirt sections are twisted and threaded through it. Back sections stiffened with 2 horizontal strips of nylon crinoline sewn to muslin lining. Bustle effect enhanced by tight underskirt of black rayon with pleated rectangle of very stiff horsehair mounted to back. Underskirt closes to waist with zip, skirt fastens at waist with hook & bar; narrow cotton poplin belt attached to skirt drapery CB passes round front waist and fastens CB, covering the ends of stiffened poplin band.

Jacket : Black cotton poplin lined with stiff black muslin, cropped to just below bust, plain round neck, fastening with 5 buttons. Elbow-length sleeves. Fitted cummerbund of black poplin opening at L side, formed from 3 deep overlapping pleats stiffly interlined with petersham. The whole backed with stiff black muslin, fastening with 5 hooks and bars.
Belt : Black cotton (poplin) cummerbund. Three overlapping stiffened folds, seamed down centre to form slight downwards curve, fastening with five hooks and eyes on left.

See also Shoes 1956.429
Cotton Board


Type: Length
Height: 119.5 cm
Depth: 15 cm

Type: Shoulder to waist
Height: 40.5
Depth: 25

Type: Waist
Width: 58.5
Depth: 57

Type: Hem
Width: 363.2

Type: Jacket
Height: 38

Type: Belt
Height: 63.5
Width: 10.2