Trouser suit with halter neck top
Trouser suit with halter neck top, Courtauld's Tricel, made by Duke of London, about 1971-73
This outfit is made from Tricel, a brand name for cellulose acetate made by Courtauld. Man made fibres became more widely used in the 1970s due to their easy care properties. They washed well, were resistant to shrinking and retained their shape easily.
The design here draws on the 1960s psychedelic look, which continued to be fashionable long after the music of the 1960s had moved on.
Gift of Brenda Snell, 1988
Accession number: 1988.202.6