Afternoon dress, Molyneux

Afternoon dress, Molyneux

Afternoon dress
Edward Molyneux (1891-1974)
1946
London
Silk crepe, with buttons
Museum no. T.92-1982
Worn by Mrs Opal Holt and given by Mrs D. M. Haynes and Mrs M. Clark

A black afternoon dress with a good label was both a chic choice and a sensible one. Edward Molyneux (1891-1974) could be relied on to provide streamlined distinction. This dress has a schoolmistress-like authority and propriety; its covered-up look features a demure high neck, long sleeves and a safe, calf-length skirt. However, Molyneux transformed it into a little black dress with attitude by cutting the matt crepe to skim sensuously over the body's curves and by introducing pleats at salient points. A wide sash arranged in folds below the waist emphasised the slenderness of the wearer. The dress buttons down the back.