Evening dress, Hardy Amies

Evening dress, Hardy Amies

Evening dress
Hardy Amies (1909-2003)
About 1955
London
Tulle and velvet
Museum no. T.259-1976

This dress is typical of the 1950s. It reflects the fashionable 'New Look' style introduced by Christian Dior (1905-57) in 1947, with its voluminous mid-calf length skirt and tight moulded bodice.  The skirt is supported by layers and layers of tulle.

This dress was made by top London couturier Hardy Amies, but this silhouette permeated into most women's wardrobes via ready-to-wear or home pattern versions. Immediately after the Second World War when fabric was scarce, many women sewed extra strips of material onto the bottom of their existing skirts to achieve the fashionable length and fullness.