Your browser is no longer supported. For the best experience of this website, please upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Image gallery: The wardrobe of Heather Firbank

Heather Firbank was an It girl of the early 1900s, but is now known for the archive of her clothing that is held by the V&A in London.

Firbank packed up her wardrobe – bought from London’s top fashion boutiques, department stores, couture houses and private dressmakers during the early part of the 20th century – and put it into storage in 1926 after her brother died, where it remained until after her death in 1954.

Donated to the V&A in 1957, the collection of fine clothing has formed an important part of the museum’s collection ever since, providing valuable examples of fashionable Edwardian styles. The evening gowns, tailored suits, dresses and hats influenced Emmy award-winning costume designer Susannah Buxton’s work for the first series of Downton Abbey.

A book, London Society Fashion: 1905-1925, by Cassie Davies-Strodder, Jenny Lister and Lou Taylor, will be published by the V&A on May 3 priced at £30. It contains photographs from Firbank’s wardrobe, as well as pages from her own albums of fashion cuttings.

Our gallery shows some of the photos included in the book.

 

 

 

 

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.