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Lachasse Ltd , Costume and Fashion Designers

Dates: Existed from 1928 to -

Functions, occupations and activities
Lachasse Sports Wear founded (1928). Digby Morton was Lachasse's first designer, who specialised in tailored coats, dresses and suits, redefining classic English suit in soft British tweeds; he left in 1933 to form his own business and was succeeded by the then inexperienced Hardy Amies until (1939). During the Second World War the company mainly remodelled garments for clients. Michael Donellan became Lachasse's designer (1939) and was succeeded by Mr Owen and Clive Evans, who designed blouses. By the 1950s the company was known as Lachasse Ltd, ladies' tailors, dressmakers and milliners and was making evening-wear, fur coats and wedding dresses; they also supplied costumes for stage and television. Peter Lewis Crown took over as managing designer (1974) and expanded the company's business into ready-to-wear (1981).


Archival Resources
Number noted: 2

Docket books (c50 volumes), c1955-1975
Held at: Fashion Research Centre
Comments: Access by appointment

Records (70 files), c1930-1981
Held at: Victoria & Albert Museum, Archive of Art and Design
Document reference: AAD/1989/6
Other information: Lomas, Elizabeth Guide to the Archive of Art and Design, Victorial & Albert Museum. London Fitzroy Dearborn 2001

Date of creation: 07 November 2002, 14:42:55