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Object Name

Dress and wrap


Connolly, Sybil (Primary maker)
Connolly, Sybil ([designer / maker])

Date Made

1950s circa
1950s circa


design : Grey pleated linen full length evening dress, with low neckline and gathered skirt. With matching shoulder cape lined with grey satin. The owner of this dress was general assistant to Sybil Connolly from the start of the firm for nearly forty years. Label text: Sybil Connolly is one of Ireland's most famous couturieres. She grew up in Waterford and her fashion designs always incorporated Irish materials such as linen, tweed and crochet lace. Connolly developed a technique of pleating linen in horizontal rows, which created a beautiful structured shape. These designs found great popularity in America with actresses and socialites. Jacqueline Kennedy wore one of the pleated linen dresses, in white, for her official White House portrait.

Catalogue Number

BELUM.T2929, A9023, A9024


National Museums NI
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