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1955 cotton coat dress photo (1957.488)

Object Name: evening dress

Artist/Maker: Lachasse
Role in production: Designer (dress)
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
Date: 1955

Accession Number: 1957.488
Location on Display: Ground floor: CIS Manchester Gallery
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • cotton
  • satin
  • velvet
  • poplin
  • woven

Flamboyant evening coat-dress in white satin overwoven with a delicate cellular pattern in black. Cut princess- style with flared stiffened lower skirt. Coat-dress opens neck to hem down CF and is lined throughout with black cotton poplin; low round neck edged with shaped and self-faced band of black velvet; fronts each in one section cut en princesse to above knee level, fastening with 9 self-covered buttons and bound buttonholes, 3 shaping darts each side, one underarm running into underarm seam and one CF taken up over bust to shoulder; side seam at side back; back cut in 2 sections to above knee level with CB seam, each side fitted with single dart carried up to shoulder; three quarter length sleeves in one section, the last inch turned back to form narrow cuff; inside petersham waistband fastening with hook & eye: skirt from above knee level cut in 6 very flared sections each joined to body with deep scalloped seam; each section forms a deep petal or lobe shape, edged with deep hem of black cotton velvet, the whole skirt stiffened with interlining; pleated balayeuse frill of black poplin sewn inside back hem: underskirt of black rayon poult; front in one section, 2 darts each side at waist, back to above knee level in 2 sections, fitted with darts at waist, lower back in 8 flared sections, pleated into seam at back and side front, stiffened with net and grey corded ribbon; fastening at L with zip and hook & eye at waist.
Designed by Owen of Lachasse. Shown at the Exhibition of Woven Cotton Dress Fabrics at the Colour Design and Style Centre of the Cotton Board, May 1955. Fabric designed by KAthleen Veevers and produced by Horrockses Fashions Ltd. Black cotton velvet by James Mottershead & Sons Ltd.
Cotton Board


Type: Length (back)
Depth: 182.5 cm

Type: Length (front)
Depth: 150