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Frank Usher white draped evening dress, early 1970s



Frank Usher opened his fashion house in 1944, taking inspiration from Parisian haute couture designs which he emulated at more modest ready-to-wear prices whilst retaining complex features such as embellishment and embroidery. His garments were highly popular in the mid-twentieth century, of which many can be seen worn in fashion magazines of the time such as Queen and Vogue. According to the label on the dress, this was designed in the early 1970s in London. Constructed in a white pleated jersey, it has a deep V-neck with short angel sleeves, gold and silver embellished waist as well as a maxi-length skirt with triangle tiered and draped over-layers. The dress closes at the back with a white zip and two fabric covered loop holes. The bias cut, drapery and pleating is reminiscent of Madame Grès (1903-1993), a couturier active in the 1930s and 40s who referenced the ancient Greeks in her designs. During the 1970s there was a revival for such neo-classical aesthetic, with many fashion designers re-interpreting 1930s couture. In the mid 1980s, famous 1950s model Barbara Goalen wore a black cocktail dress by Frank Usher to the Victoria & Albert Museum’s retrospective of fashion photographer John French, a testament to the quality and durability of Usher’s designs.


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  • Dimensions
    Length: 58 in. (147.32 cm)Bust: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Hip: 40 in. (101.6 cm)Shoulder to Hem: 36 in. (91.44 cm)
  • Style
    Grecian (In the Style Of)
  • Place of Origin
    United Kingdom
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Measurements (under breast )/71cm/28inch Shoulder: /91.5cm/36inch Hip: /102cm/40inch Length (front from deep v.neck):38inch/96.5cm Length (back from neckline): /147.5cm/58inch Good condition except slight pulls hidden in the fold.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU91719697712

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