R6087/3/1 Dress; R6087/3/2 Jacket

Woman's maxi dress and matching jacket, made from blue and red adire stencilled fabric.

Dress and Jacket (Museum Accession Number R6087/3/1 and R6087/3/2)

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

Date: 1975

Blue and red adire print long sleeveless fitted dress

Dress tailored from adire fabric by Bill Pashley (Museum Accession Number R6087/3/1)