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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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V&A Fashionary Notebook Special Edition ||EVAEX

V&A Fashionary Notebook Special Edition ||EVAEX

An exclusive V&A edition of the famous Fashionary sketchbook. Featuring womens silhouettes for designing and a compendium of measurememnts and use…

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Event - A History of Photography: Series and Sequences

Fri 06 February 2015–Sun 01 November 2015

DISPLAY: Photographs draws upon the V&A’s internationally renowned collection, which chronicles the history of photography from the 1840s to the present day. In 1852, the V&A became the first museum in the UK to collect photographs and in 1858, the first to hold a photography exhibition.

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