Evening dress

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made in Britain

Postcard of Evening dress.
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Evening dress

This woman's black rayon evening dress was made in Britain between 1947 and 1949.

The dress has a label marked 'II0II' which is so far unexplained but according to the donor indicates a non-utility garment from 1941-49. Such labels usually appear on clothes which were far more expensive.

The post-World War II period experienced a similar desire for the return to the pre-war world that had affected the early 1920s. In fashion, the rationing of cloth and ready-made clothes in Britain and many other European countries meant that the true influences of design were not able to operate. Manufacturers were allowed to use 10% of their fabric ration to make non-utility garments.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-119-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1976.259 L
Date: Between 1947 and 1949
c. 1860
Material: Cardboard
Dimensions: 70 mm x 45 mm
What: Holder
Subject: European Costume : textiles : manufacture
Where: United Kingdom
Description: Carboard holder for scissors, bodkin and awl from the white lacquered workbox: possibly British, about 1860
  • Tarrant, Naomi. The Development of Costume. London & New York. NMS & Routledge, 1994, p 84. 
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