Written with the collaboration of Zandra Rhodes and with access to her own archive of fabrics and designs, this volume focuses on the early work of one of the most distinctive British designers, famous for her brilliantly coloured, hand-printed fabrics and revolutionary approach to clothes. Here, a detailed, illustrated study of Rhodes’ early career is accompanied by 140 reproductions of early work, including Royal College of Art experiments as well as textile designs, 1961 to 1971. Textile Design series.
One of several women textile designers at the Wiener Werkstätte in the 1930s, Josephine Groag (1903–86) fled anti-Semitism in Austria in 1939. Settled in London, she became influential in the renaissance of pattern design that began after the Second World War and continued into the 1950s and 1960s. This volume from the Textile Design series comprises illustrated essays on aspects of Groag’s work followed by a magnificent gallery of over 90 full-page reproductions of her designs.
Paris Refashioned 1957–1968
Challenging the assumption that London was the epicentre of fashion design during the 1960s, this illustrated volume reveals the influential role that Paris played in the industry at that time. The author explains how a new appetite for ready-to-wear clothing challenged the dominance of haute couture and considers the position of French fashion within the era's broader popular culture, looking in particular at how American publications such as Vogue promoted it. Off-mint.
Designing the Modern Utopia
In the Soviet Union the years 1927 to 1933 were ones of intense industrialization and collectivization, aiming to transform old Russia into a modern, mechanized society. Designers played their part and motifs such as gears, aeroplanes and locomotives, sports and agriculture appeared in fabrics, reinforcing industrial and social ideas. This book draws on the Lloyd Cotsen fabrics collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to examine this short-lived but intriguing experiment in thematic design.
French Art Deco
The widely influential Art Deco style perhaps attained its highest expression in France, where the term was coined in the 1920s. With background essays, profiles of the leading artists and large-format photographs, this exhibition catalogue examines over 80 masterpieces from the collection held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Examples include furniture, textiles, interiors and decorative objects by French-based designers such as René Lalique, Jean Dunand, Raoul Dufy and Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.