Coronation Dresses for John Lewis

 

In 1953, the year of the Queens Coronation John Lewis created a series of beautiful dresses to mark a poignant moment in history and enable women of the time to join in the excitement and celebration.

Now, some 60 years later Fabpad at UEL have been invited to share in the magic of recreating four dresses, which have been named, Sylvia, Monica, Audrey and Kay.

The dresses have been created from fabric originally designed and hand painted and  still features some of the hand sketched lines to give a true representation of the beauty and craftsmanship that went into creating such pieces. Fabpad have digitally and lovingly formatted and reproduced the fabric which feature in all of the designs.

The dresses will feature in the John Lewis Oxford Street Flagship windows as well as be shown at the Coronation Festival Catwalk Shows, alongside Royal Approved fashion brands such as Daks and Barbour.

The fabric design which has been used for these dresses was sourced from the John Lewis archives and original images will be presented in the form of the 1953 brochure which will feature in the window exhibition. 

If you would like to find out more about fabric printing at UEL please email the Fabpad team at fabpad@uel.ac.uk or call us on 020 8223 2560

Images courtesy of Hello magazine and The Telegraph. If you would like to read further information about the Coronation Festival and the dresses in this post please see Coronation Festival.

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The ‘Sylvia’ illustration

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The ‘Sylvia’ dress

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