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dress photo 1959.97/2

Object Name: dress & coat

Artist/Maker: Cavanagh, John
Role in production: Designer
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
Date: 1957

Accession Number: 1959.97/2
Location on Display: Ground floor: CIS Manchester Gallery
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • cotton
  • rayon
  • printed

Matching coat and dress ensemble: white cotton pique duster-style coat printed with a brown fern pattern with full pleated back and deep collar; sleeveless full-skirted dress in tan superfine cotton poplin.

DRESS: top edge of sleeveless bodice shaped in deep V at back, rising in front and shaped for armholes, narrow shoulder straps; front in 4 shaped sections; v-shaped dart at CF bust; back in one section each side of CB opening, dart each side; CB opening with zip extending to below waist; bodice fitting to and extending a little below natural waistline, shaped belt at sides and back following low waistline, fastening at L, ends concealed under front fullness of skirt, trimmed self bow: skirt front in 2 sections, tapering slightly towards hem, back in 2 widths; skirt gathered to waist; flared underskirt of net in 4 layers; inner corded rayon underskirt in 5 flared sections, fastening at natural waist with hook & eye.

COAT: lined throughout with same tan poplin as dress; high round neck, fastening with hook & loop, with broad turn-down collar; padded shoulders; fronts each in one flared section, pleated to shoulder, and one flared side front section; back in 2 flared sections, pleated to shoulder and to CB neck, and one side back section each side; wide elbow-length sleeves in 2 sections, cut raglan style.

Cotton Board.


Type: Length
Height: 119.5 cm

Type: Shoulder to waist
Height: 43.2

Type: Waist
Width: 62.2

Type: Hem
Width: 310

Type: Coat
Height: 111.8

Type: Hem
Width: 533.5