Design for an evening dress, Marjorie Field

Design for an evening dress, Marjorie Field

Design for an evening dress
Field Rhoades (Marjorie Field)
1940s
London
Pencil and bodycolour on paper
Museum no. E.479-2005
Given by Paul Williamson

This is a fashion design depicting a woman in an ice-blue evening dress, designed by Marjorie Field in the 1940s for the haute couture firm Field Rhoades of 77, South Audley Street, London. The dress is typical of the mid to late 1940s, when full skirts and padded or paniered hips were very fashionable. This style was fashionable into the early 1950s, but the hairstyle marks it out as a particularly 1940s model. Here the hair is shown piled high, in curls, on top of the head. In the 1950s hair was worn in chignons towards the back of the head or at the nape of the neck, or cropped short in a gamine style.

The design is signed with the firm's name and probably would have been used as a presentation drawing, for the client to decide which model they wanted to have made. The design is titled 'Model: "Mazurka" ', and a small area of text in pencil describes the colour and fabric of the dress: 'Ice-blue slipper satin braided in white.'