1950s Vintage Fashion Tops - Original mid-20th-century pen & ink drawing


An original mid-20th-century pen & ink drawing, 1950s Vintage Fashion Tops.

Pen and ink with watercolour. The paper has a vertical central fold and half of the sheet is laid down on card. The free flap is inscribed 'Blouses' on the verso as shown. One of a set of three blouse designs we have available.

There is minor foxing and some rippling to the paper as shown.
14.7cm x 25.1cm.

This drawing forms part of a fantastic collection of womenswear fashion designs we have by Brenda Grant dating from the 1950s. The collection consists of numerous and varied designs, including day dresses, evening wear, underwear, nightdresses and beachwear. The drawings are confident and show real design flair – the stylised models in modish pose, with sleek, geometric silhouettes.

They capture the fabulously stylish fashions of the day, showcasing cinched waists, smart pencil skirts, and glamorous full evening gowns, reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.

They are also a wonderful insight into the history of fashion design, the craft of a garment designer in the 1950s and the art of the presentation board – the designer has used descriptive annotations to specify fabric types and any special detailing, and, in some cases, actual fabric swatches. All are by the same hand, and some are signed.


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