This fitted dress and jacket was made for the donor, Fashioning Africa collecting panel member Lou Taylor, by British dressmaker Bill Pashley in 1975. The fabric was made by Alakiti Studio in Lagos, Nigeria, and bought by the donor’s father, Lord Elwyn Jones. Taylor wore the outfit to accompany her father to a diplomatic event. The pattern is a contemporary version of Nigerian adire fabric.Adire refers to an indigo cloth that is produced by the Yoruba women of southwestern Nigeria through a variety of resist-dye techniques. Collected as part of the Fashioning Africa Project.
Creator: Alakiti Studio (fabric); Bill Pashley (tailoring)
Place: United Kingdom, Europe