Jean Muir

Dress, leather

Accession number WAG1994.84.1

dark blue leather dress

Jean Muir's clothes are generally considered to be timeless fashion 'classics' rather than high fashion. As a result, they are as wearable today as they were during her 1970s heyday and are still much sought-after. She described herself as a dressmaker rather than a designer and was highly skilled in the actual making of garments. Her signature 'look' was the fluid, beautifully draped dress in stretchy, natural fabrics like silk and wool jersey or finely-finished suede and soft leather. Muir was not influenced by passing trends as some other designers were. She aimed to produce stylish and wearable garments that relied upon a superb cut.

This leather pinafore dress is typical of her designs of the early 1970s. Jean Muir frequently used this type of over-stitching on her clothes and the skirt is cut with a slight flare, giving it the movement she always tried to achieve. Leather is often very difficult to work, yet Jean Muir's skill as a dressmaker has resulted in this tailored finish, similar to that produced with a woven fabric.

Gift of Mrs W Temple, 1994.

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