Evening ensemble (dress and coat)
Charles James (1906-78)
Bias-cut satin (dress), with fur
Museum no. T.272-1974
This dress and coat are typical of glamorous 1930s eveningwear. The dress is a simple, figure-skimming sheath dress made from satin, and the fur coat accentuates the shoulders.
Couturier clothing like this was custom-made for each individual client from the finest materials. Couture influenced the silhouette and style of more affordable fashions, however, and fur was brought within the reach of many women as large fur collars or as stoles or wraps, which were all highly fashionable during the 1930s.