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London College of Fashion: Paper Patterns

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History and Context

McCall Printed Pattern coat 1928

The London College of Fashion's Paper Patterns collection has accumulated over the years until it numbers some 800 dating from the 1920s to the present day. In an effort to preserve the collection and to make it more accessible, the collection has been catalogued and digitised. The ephemeral nature of the original materials means that collections are at risk and their volume and lack of bibliographic details means that they are difficult to organise. The information they can provide though about the history of fashion, the cascade of couture down to everyday wear and the culturally significant phenomena of home dressmaking in Europe and America makes them worthy of preservation and promotion.

The collection can be searched by date or decade (where the date of publication is unknown); the name of the pattern publishers e.g. Vogue, Simplicity, McCall etc.; the type of garment e.g. dress, skirt etc or the name of the designer where this is specified. Most patterns are undated so guesses are preceded by a question mark but acknowledgement is made to the invaluable resource of the University of Rhode Island Commercial Pattern Archive

Pictorial Review dress and shorts ?1937

Copyright and Permitted Uses

The images and metadata presented in the Paper Patterns collection are copyright of the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. They may be used for private research and study purposes only. They must not be copied or amended in any way without first gaining the permission of the copyright holder. Enquires regarding reproduction should be sent to the address below. Every effort has been made to trace the copyright holders to gain permission for use of the images held within the collection. We will withdraw the images immediately on copyright holder's request, if appropriate. The patterns are not for loan.

Contact details

Vogue Paris Original. Christian Dior dress 1964
Address: The Archives
London College of Fashion
20 John Princes Street
London WIG OBJ

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