Evening dress, John Bates, 1972

WAG 2007.13.24

About this object

John Bates was one of the most innovative and influential young British designers of the 1960s and 1970s. Together with Mary Quant and Jean Muir, he produced clothes for the generation that created ‘Swinging London’.
In 1959 he set up his own business, naming it Jean Varon – Jean after the French version of his first name and Varon because there was nobody else under V in the fashion trade directory, so Varon would be listed first and stand out.
The handmade screen print on this dress was produced by designer Alex MacIntyre. The dress cost £32, the equivalent of about £360 today.
  • Date
    1973 about
  • Maker
    John Bates for Jean Varon
  • Materials
    Feather; Acetate; Rayon; Nylon
  • Credit line
    Gift of Mrs Audrey Hirst, 2006
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Ground Floor, Craft and Design Gallery
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Collection
    From the World Museum collections
Object view = Decorative Arts
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