Silk organza, with an underdress of silk taffeta and organza
Museum no. T.266-1974
Given by Mrs Rory McEwen
The House of Heim was founded in 1898 to serve an aristocratic clientele. Jacques Heim (1899-1967) began to extend his parents' establishment, which specialized in furs, into a couture house in 1920. He launched 'Heim Jeunes Filles' in 1936 to follow younger tastes in fashion. All Heim's designs had a classical elegance that made them suitable for grand, formal occasions. His business closed in 1969.
This long, sleeveless ballgown is made of fuschia silk organza. The full skirt features deep box pleats at the back for volume. It is shorter at the front than at the back, combining the formal grandeur of traditional ballgowns and the fashion for short eveningwear typical of the late 1950s.