#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

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#ThrowbackFashion Evening dress ‘Bird’s Wing’ of white silk taffeta, designed by Antony Price, England, 1986

Bird’s Wing
Antony Price, born 1945

#ThrowbackFashion Evening dress 'Bird's Wing' of white silk taffeta, designed by Antony Price, England, 1986-2006AU1675_jpg_l

Closely swathing the figure, the silk taffeta of this dramatically structured garment is formed into large, irregular gathers diagonally positioned across the front. These culminate in an asymmetrical bodice, with an extraordinary, gravity defying shoulder extension. Designer Antony Price called this his ‘Bird’s Wing’ dress; the rigid folds of fabric with their feathered and serrated edge evoke associations of flight and movement. It was designed for his 1986 Winter collection.

#ThrowbackFashion Evening dress 'Bird's Wing' of white silk taffeta, designed by Antony Price, England, 1986-2006BF2615_jpg_l

The simple, white taffeta, with its glossy, reflective sheen offsets the complex structure of the garment. The designer’s choice of a stiff fabric allows the raised folds to retain their shape and make the dress virtually self-supporting. The folds are held in place by large, self-covered buttons which secure the dress at the side, and also provide an important visual motif. In contrast the back is quite plain, a simple bodice with a single shoulder strap and a straight, skirt fitted with darts into the waist seam.

#ThrowbackFashion Evening dress 'Bird's Wing' of white silk taffeta, designed by Antony Price, England, 1986-2006BC1929_jpg_l

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