Anne Tyrrell for John Marks 1970s Peachy Grecian Goddess Dress
Graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1960, Anne Tyrrell MBE enjoyed decades of success both as a fashion and interior designer and as visiting professor and Honorary Fellow at the Royal College of Art, London.
Having understudied as a pattern cutter, the launch of her own label ‘Anne Tyrrell at John Marks’ in the mid 1960s was a instant hit with international fashion fairs such as the Pret-A-Porter in Paris, and soon became a brand leader in the international dress and evening wear fields of Europe, USA, Canada and the United Kingdom.
After winning the ‘Womenswear Designer of the Year Award’ in 1980, Anne later established her London-based design consultancy named ‘Anne Tyrrell Design’, equipped with an in-house team of highly qualified designers and former Art College undergraduates.
The consultancy went on to provide a worldwide service to the textile, fashion and lifestyle industry through companies such as Next Retail, British Rail, Nike, IWS, View From, House of Fraser, The Orient Express, JCB, The Limited, Cotswold Collections, Virgin, Royal Ascot, John Lewis, Mitsubishi Corporation, Bamford & Sons, London Underground and many more besides.
In 2001, Anne was elected as Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, before being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2008, while in 2013, the Norwich University of Art awarded Anne an alumna of NUA, along with an Honorary Doctorate for services to the British Fashion Industry.
At the 2014 Graduate Fashion Week Awards, Anne also received ‘The Lifetime Achievement Award’ from Hilary Alexandra, in recognition of her contribution to UK fashion and design over 50 years.
This particular 1970s piece is constructed from gloriously perfect double wrap fabric, with grecian art deco inspired one to double strap fastening with a plunging back, making for an alluring ‘goddess’ look in this Anne Tyrrell and John Marks collaboration, while as first class designers, they undoubtedly crafted an outstanding look, right down to the heavily over-stitched clasp style strap, saucily deep-cut back and the double layer wrap skirting.
Designer Anne Tyrrell
Fabric 100% Ban-Lon nylon
Size Label reads UK 12 but will fit UK 8-10
Excellent (see condition chart)
Measured flat without stretching (please double for complete size)
Bust (at widest point) 15.5″
Under Bust 14″
Length (underarm to hem) 47″
Mannequin is UK 8-10 | Bust 31.5″ | Waist 24″ | Hips 34.5″
The dress was not pinned for photography purposes