Beaded dress

Pale lilac dress with beaded detail on bust and skirt

Evening dress, ribbed rayon with applied sequins and beads, made by Tina Berlyn of New Bond Street, London, about 1955-1960.

The heavy ribbed rayon skirt has two underskirts of purple net to support it and give fullness. On the inside at the hips are small stiffened sections of netting to give even more support and further width to the skirt. The tight-fitting bodice has been made to fit the wearer perfectly. The skirt and the bodice have been decorated with sequins, beads and thread, applied by hand after the dress was made.

This is a fairly heavy dress and its entire weight would have hung from the bodice and the two small beaded straps. It was made especially for the wearer by one of the smaller fashion houses in London. This dress would have been too expensive for many people to buy.

Gift of Mr Leslie Tyson, 1989.