Evening Dress with Sketch & Chart - John Cavanagh
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Couturiers worked from sketches and textile samples to create new designs. This Cavanagh sketch shows his initial concept for an evening dress. As the working chart shows, it became no. 47 in his spring collection in 1953. The silk was made in England by the innovative textile firm West Cumberland Mills. Its Hungarian-born owner, Miki Sekers, commissioned the design from the stage designer Oliver Messel.
John Cavanagh (1914-2004)
1953 spring/summer, Coronation collection
Silk brocade designed by Oliver Messel for West Cumberland Mills (Sekers)
Given by Lady Cornwallis, and worn by her to the Coronation celebrations
Museum no. T.294-1984