evening dress and stole

Victor Stiebel, 1907 - 1976

evening dress and stole

Victor Stiebel 1907 - 1976


Cotton, with broad stripes of gold, grey and a finely striped mixture of gold and grey, and checked with a narrower woven white satin stripe. Bodice, and stole lining of white cotton pique. Boned bodice lined with white silk crepe. Top edge level with underarms, straight across back, rising above bust each side of front. Pointed waistline CF with slightly padded bust. CB fastening with hook and eye at top, zip to hip level. Turndown band along top edge, narrow shoulder straps. Skirt lined with white twilled cotton. Double circular organdie underskirt. Innermost underskirt of stiff nylon muslin. Stole : Long straight piece of cotton, lined with pique. Centre of one side pleated to narrow band with pique ties to fasten round waist and form cape. Cotton Board

Display Label

A simple sleeveless top in white cotton piqué is here paired with a voluminous full-length gold and grey check skirt in this somewhat understated Victor Stiebel evening gown, designed in cotton for a Cotton Board fashion parade. South African-born Victor Stiebel (1907-76) studied at Cambridge, where he designed stage costumes for the Footlights Revues. After training with Reville and Rossiter, he opened his own couture house in London in 1932. During the Second World War, Steibel worked with the Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designers to promote British fashion around the world. Together with Hardy Amies and Edward Molyneux, he created clothing ranges that could be mass-produced using minimal materials and labour, and selling under the CC41 Utility label. It is clear that the fabric-saving styles of the 1940s were a thing of the past by the time Stiebel designed this sophisticated gown. The long, full skirts of the mid-1950s reflect Britain's post-war optimism and prosperity, as fabric and labour were no longer reserved for the troops, and rationing had at last become a thing of the past.

Object Name

evening dress and stole

Creators Name

Victor Stiebel

Date Created



Length CF: 152cm
Length CB: 160cm
Shoulder to waist: 40cm
Hem: 914.5cm
Waist: 56cm

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