evening dress

Victor Stiebel, 1907 - 1976

evening dress

Victor Stiebel 1907 - 1976


Pink organdie with round white spots of varying sizes, over plain pink orgnadie. White pique collar forming wide horizontally pleated fichu, passing round shoulders, attached and overlapping at CF neck only. Insertion at top edge to fit bust. Left side fastening at armhole with zip below, fastening under-skirt below waist, extedning to hip. Skirt has black patent leather belt to be slotted under the remaining sections. Circular pink orgnadie underskirt. Innermost underskirt of white silk crepe. Designed by Victor Stiebel at Jacqmar for the Cotton Board, Manchester, for the parade in "This Year of Cotton" at the Hyde Park Hotel, London SW1. Spotted organdie by Anglo-Swiss Textiles Ltd. Plain pink organdie by John H Gillett & sons Ltd. Cotton Board

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Victor Stiebel (1907-76) was brought up in Durban in South Africa, arriving in England in 1924 to study at Cambridge. Having designed for theatre wardrobe at university, he worked in dress design at the House of Reville for three years until opening his own house in 1932. He enlisted for the Second World War in 1940, closing his house, but he returned to designing in 1946, working for Jacqmar, and becoming Chairman of the Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designers. He reopened his own house in 1958, having great initial success, but being forced to close after only 5 years in 1963 on health grounds. Stiebel was very much part of the Establishment, and was commissioned to design new uniforms for the WRENS (1951) and the WRAF (1954) whilst also creating the going-away outfit for Princess Margaret on her marriage to Lord Snowdon in 1960. He was, however, also particularly celebrated for his romantic almost scuptural one-off evening gowns as in all three of these dramatic examples illustrated; one in black cotton satin with a swathe of pleated white cotton from shoulder to hem; another in pink cotton organdie, printed with large white spots and finished with an attached white pique shawl collar; and a third in emerald green satin with elaborate embroidery to the bodice.

Object Name

evening dress

Creators Name

Victor Stiebel

Date Created



Length CF: 167cm
Length CB: 178cm
Shoulder to waist: 40cm
Hem: 1737.5cm
Waist: 58cm

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