Marion Foale & Sally Tuffin

Skirt suit, Foale & Tuffin, 1964. Museum no. T.43:1, 2-2010

Skirt suit, Foale & Tuffin, 1964. Museum no. T.43:1, 2-2010

After graduating from Walthamstow Art School, friends Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin studied at the Royal College of Art under Janey Ironside, then head of the diploma course in fashion design. Determined not to make 'elderly clothes' for an established manufacturer, they set up their own business in 1961.

Under the Foale and Tuffin label they created a range of bright, fun dresses, skirts and tops, which they sold through department stores and their shop in Carnaby Street. They were among the first to experiment with making women's trousers into flattering, sexy garments.

Sally Tuffin is now a ceramicist, and Marion Foale designs knitwear.

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