ARCHIVE - Late 1960s / Early 1970s Alice Pollock Nude Crepe Capelet

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Alice Pollock was the founder and owner of Quorum and many of the earliest pieces from the boutique bare her name although at that time, the labels were very interchangeable between all of the designers. We have known several of Ossie Clark's designs labelled Alice Pollock and after the boutique itself!

This is a such a great example of late 1960s or early 1970s casual evening wear that has taken inspiration from lingerie designs from the 20s and 30s. The capelet is made from a blush coloured medium weight crepe that is edged in nude floral lace around the armlets and neckline. The top simply ties around the under bust and may have been sold with hot pants or trousers as we have sold similarly designed separates over the years. Please see our unlabelled Alice Pollock tap pants for another piece from this collection. It really is a seductive piece that could be worn alone or over a bias-cut dress.

In superb vintage condition - we noticed a tiny, well executed repair on the seam where the belt joins the back of the capelet. Labelled a vintage size 10, this is on the small side and better suited to a UK 6 to 8 or US size 2-4 on account of needing a small cup size.

Notes On Designer:
Quorum was one of the great London boutiques of the 1960s, founded by Alice Pollock in 1964 and joined a year later by husband and wife team Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell. The designs by Pollock and Clark were often made from fabrics designed by Birtwell and were extolled for their sensual, bohemian aesthetic. Quorum was notorious for opulent fashion shows, attracting the brightest creative stars of the 60s/70s in London such as the Beatles, and friends such as David Hockney.


Bust - 29.5 in (74.9 cm)
Length - 15 in (38.1 cm)
Shoulders - 15 in (38.1 cm)

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