Satin cape

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Description

Cream silk satin cape made for Beatrice Benjamin Cartwright for her presentation at the Court of St.

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Cream silk satin cape made for Beatrice Benjamin Cartwright for her presentation at the Court of St. James in 1924. Strict rules governed the colour and shape of these court trains. The silver embroidery is to Beatrice’s design. The cape is covered with tiny bees – in reference to her name ‘Bea’ – some surrounded by wreaths of leaves. It is possible these were added by S. Lock Limited, a company often employed to create metal embroidery on court outfits.

'What distinguished Beatrice from her compatriots was her appetite for the spectacle of fashion. She enjoyed hosting lavish entertainments and was known for the energy and focus with which she prepared her attire.' Sonnet Stanfill, Fashion Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum

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Object Name

» capes (outerwear)

Dated

From 1919 (circa) to 1929 (circa)

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Materials

» satin
» metal thread
» beads (pierced objects)

Technique

» sewing (needleworking technique)
» embroidering
» beading (process)

Collection

» Pratt Family Archive

Dimensions

230x36cm

Object number

2006.5.4

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