"Fashion Designers of Their Time"

EDWARD MOLYNEUX
British Designer/ Milliner (Irish Decent)
1891 - 1971

1920s-Flapper Era Ladies' Dresses & Hats
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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

 Principle Designer: 1919-1950. Molyneux closed all of his shops except the one in 1950. Designer, Jacque Griffe, ran that shop. Molyneux made an attempt to produce a line of ready-to-wear (RTO) in the 1965 but the styles were not widely accepted. Molyneux retired again, leaving the business to be run by John Tullis.

 Education: Studied art.

 1911: At age 17, won first prize, for an evening gown sketch in a competition by the designer Lucile. She employed Molyneux as a sketcher in her London office. Then he traveled with Lucile to New York and Chicago until 1914.

 1919: After serving in World War I, opened a dressmaking design house at rue Royale in Paris.

 1925 - end of World War II, moved his central offices to London.

 1942: Molyneux was one of the founding members of the Incorporated Society of London Fashion Designers.

 Noted Clients: Gertrude Lawrence (wore Molyneux's garments on stage), Lynn Fontanne, Princess Marina, and Duchess of Windsor, stage actresses, society women and film stars.

 Noted style of fashions:

  • Tailored suits, matching ensembles, and pleated skirts.
  • 1930s: Strong marketing of the little black dress.
  • Bias cut dresses.
  • Dirndl skirts, handkerchief hem skirts.
  • Bamboo motifs fabric.
  • 1937: Used zippers to mould the garment to the lady's figure.
  • Used Gauguin bright pink and bois de rose as accent colors on navy blue.
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    Couture Book
    Spring 1922


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    Couture Book
    Spring 1922


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    Couture Book
    Spring 1922


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    Couture Book
    Spring 1922


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    Couture Book
    Spring 1922


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    Couture Book
    Spring 1922


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    L'Art et la Mode
    Dec. 16, 1922


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    L'Art et la Mode
    Dec. 16, 1922


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    L'Art et la Mode
    Dec. 16, 1922


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    L'Art et la Mode
    Jan. 6, 1923


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    L'Art et la Mode
    Jan. 6, 1923


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    L'Art et la Mode
    March 31, 1923

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    Article Bibliographical Information:

  • L'Art et la Mode, Year 43, No. 50, Dec. 16, 1922.
  • L'Art et la Mode, Year 44, No. 1, Jan. 6, 1923.
  • L'Art et la Mode, Year 44, No. 13, March 31, 1923.
  • L'Art et la Mode, Year 44, No. 15, April 14, 1923.
  • L'Art et la Mode, Year 44, No. 22, June 2, 1923.
  • William & Wiener. "The Paris Models, Paris and New York City," Spring 1922.

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