Wool, silk crepe de chine, and silk jersey
Museum no. T.214-1976
Worn by Mrs Ralph Dent and given by Mrs M. Webster
This suit is typical of the 1940s post-war 'New Look'. The skirt is straight and slightly below the knee in length, while the jacket features a nipped in waist, padded hips, and sloping shoulders inspired by Christian Dior's 'New Look' collection of 1947, which moved fashion away from the boxy, military look of the war years.
A meticulously tailored but perfectly plain suit is transformed by carefully engineered details. The focus on this jacket is the double-flared panels which draw attention to the hips. The long straight skirt has a central block of kick pleats at the back, which allow ease of movement. The suit is completed by a matching turban-style hat in claret and black, and a hand-embroidered silk blouse in delicate blue-grey.