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Crysedé Playsuit
Mid 1930's

A very interesting and rare piece. Although it has the Crysede label the design is not the usual Alec Walker design. The weight of the cloth is very similar to the Crysede dress featured, so I think this is most likely Virgil silk printed in St Ives.


probably designed by Kay Earle, labelled Pure silk Manufacturers Crysede, St Ives, Cornwall, of heavy silk printed with large orange and green circles in two sizes, the top with inverted v's to the shoulders and between the bust, fastened to the shorts by green buttons on a horizontally machine stitched waistband, the shorts with five buttons front opening and curved pockets to each side, the back top with straight cut, shoulder to hem 3ft or 90 cm;  Size 14 UK and 10 USA.


Excellent. One button is missing from the back.


  • Berriman, Hazel Crysede on p 8 there is mention that from 1920 Kay designed garments with spots, stripes and plain colours. In 1926  larger premises were leased in St Ives.

Price: £750 | $1,010 | €850

Ref N°: 7326