Suit (skirt and jacket)
Hardy Amies (1909-2003)
Museum no. T.38&A-1966
Given by Mrs Benita Armstrong
This curvaceous suit has the small waist and wide, padded hips inspired by Christian Dior's instantly popular 1947 'New Look' collection. Though, the square shoulders recall earlier styles and show that this lady may have resisted a complete change in style.
Hardy Amies skilfully overcame the continuing shortages and regulations governing the availability and use of materials in the early post-war period. This superbly tailored double-breasted jacket has a nipped-in waist and pockets with deep flaps which curve over and accentuate the hips. The long bias-cut skirt has soft pleats at the front right and the back left, which creates a flattering garment that also economises on fabric.