Pink and grey dress

satin dress overlaid with pink net and grey lace with velvet trim

Evening dress, rayon satin dress overlaid with pink net and grey lace, with velvet trim, maker unknown, about 1950-1955.

The skirt of this evening dress has four layers to add fullness. An underskirt made of tarlatan, a stiffened, open-weave cotton fabric, is attached to the inside of the skirt. The underskirt helps to support the weight of the pink satin skirt and the net and lace overskirts. The sheer volume of fabric in the dress is a far cry from the restrictions of the war years. The boned and fitted bodice is designed to emphasise the trim bust and waist of the wearer.

The luxurious velvet shoulder bow and corsage of flowers, fixed on the diagonal to the front of the dress, also indicate that this was an expensive dress. The wearing of a fresh floral corsage was not uncommon at formal events. It is possible that the owner had this dress especially made for a formal function. It would have been worn with long evening gloves.

Gift of Mr Leslie Tyson.

1989 1989.98.15