Object Name: dress
Artist/Maker: Hartnell, Sir Norman
Role in production: Designer
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
Accession Number: 1957.486
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries
White striped stiffened muslin (organdie) flock-printed with small sprays and large floral border in black flock. Lined with white corded rayon.
Square neck. Very short sleeves. Bodice fronts meet CF waist and overlap with a plain white section. LS seam opening with zip. Skirt open down Cf over narrow underskirt. Floral border insertions at neck. Skirt printed with border along hem. Neck front, sleeve and hem edges scalloped and trimmed with black velvet ribbon. Underskirt plain white. Applied border pattern and black velvet at hem. Rayon lining of dress in the form of a slip with boned strapless bodice.
Designed by Norman Hartnell and exhibited at a parade of "British Cotton Fashion" at the Free Trade Hall Manchester, May 14 1954, for the Jubilee International Cotton Congress. Flock-printed organdie by Whitworth and Mitchell Ltd.
Harnell was at the height of his success and popularity in the middle 1950s.
Height: 119.5 cm
Depth: 47 cm
Type: Shoulder to waist