Cut from feminine pale blue chiffon, this couture dress is elaborately embroidered with sparkling sequins, bluebell-shaped beads and crystals. It is part of a large collection of bespoke and ready-to-wear clothing worn by Jean Appleyard, wife of John Appleyard, chairman of the motor distribution company Appleyards, and one time chair of Jaguar. The dress was a bespoke design for a special occasion. It was made in the late 1950s or early 1960s when shorter lengths were becoming more acceptable for formal evening attire.
Blue chiffon short evening gown. Princess line with V neck. Sleeveless. Sequinned and beaded with bluebell-shaped beads, c. 1960.