#ThrowbackFashion Evening dress, black silk velvet with diamante and pearl collar, by Catherine Walker @CatwalkerCo, UK, 1994

Evening dress, 1994
Catherine Walker born 1945

Evening dress, black silk velvet with diamante and pearl collar, by Catherine Walker, UK, 1994.-2011EN2396_jpg_l

Evening dress, black silk velvet with diamante and pearl collar, by Catherine Walker, UK, 1994.-2006AU2412_jpg_l

This evening dress, made in 1994 by the London couturier Catherine Walker, shows her use of glamour and restrained luxury. Rich, black silk velvet is cut and sewn into a perfect full-length backless sheath suspended from a pearl and diamanté yoke. Both the clinging gown and the Art Deco style jewelled collar were inspired by 1930s evening fashion, but the design is brought wholly up-to-date for 1994 with a dramatic diamanté pendant down the bared back.

Evening dress, black silk velvet with diamante and pearl collar, by Catherine Walker, UK, 1994.-2011EN2395_jpg_l

Evening dress, black silk velvet with diamante and pearl collar, by Catherine Walker, UK, 1994.-2006AU2411_jpg_l

This combination of regal elegance and unexpected sparkle clearly shows why Diana, Princess of Wales, favoured dresses by Catherine Walker for nearly fifteen years. The V&A collection also includes the famous pearl-encrusted ‘Elvis’ dress that Catherine Walker made for the Princess in 1989. (see T.1:1&2.2006)

Evening dress, black silk velvet with diamante and pearl collar, by Catherine Walker, UK, 1994.-2006AU2410_jpg_l

Here are some creative projects that inspire me in Victoria and Albert Museum Archive. You can see other projects on my Pinterest or on my #ThrowbackFashion.

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