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suit 1994.90/3

Object Name: suit

Artist/Maker: Westwood, Vivienne
Role in production: Maker
Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
Date: 1994

Accession Number: 1994.90/3
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • mohair
  • wool
  • linen
  • silk
  • acetate

Jacket : "Worthmore" black mohair/wool mix woven with a white flecked parallel stripe. Complex construction, with fronts dipping to points either side cf. Wide turned down collar; very wide separate revers; front opening, fastening diagonally to the left with 3 enamelled buttons (showing the orb and ring motif). Long sleeves without cuffs, but with deep faced slit on the inner seam. CB seam with deep inverted box pleat; side seams from under shoulder curving round side to point at fronts and then moving diagonally up to meet CF at the base of the revers. Each back panel cut as one piece with front skirt panels. Side pockets on the hips, tacked closed. Fronts faced with self fabric; upper bodice and sides lined with pink acetate.

Skirt : black linen with back draperies tying up into an asymetrical bustle. Fastening to left side with a zip and amber button with Westwood logo. Inner and outer tie tapes forming a bustle (instructions attached inside). Unlined.

Blouse : "Hals"; black silk satin printed with full blown red and yellow roses and green foliage. Shirt style with vast pointed collar and triple buttons cf neck. Fastening full length cf with 5 extra yellow buttons. Long sleeves with double button cuffs. Cut with side seams and fitted with vertical darts either side cf and cb. Curved tails, longer at back. Unlined.


Type: blouse (blouse : L (back) : 31 in)
Depth: 31 inches

Type: jacket (jacket : L (back) : 26 in)
Depth: 26