A Journey with Cecil Beaton
With this remarkable compilation of photographs, artworks and quotations, Lisa Vreeland has created a vivid and multi-layered portrait of Cecil Beaton (1904–1980), drawing together the many strands of his personality and his art. The book is arranged in nine chapters, each one devoted to a facet of Beaton’s life or career: his special friendships, scrapbooks, the designs for dance, fashion photography, his work in New York and in Hollywood, and his portraits of artists, literary stars and fellow photographers.
Profiling 40 fashion designers, including Missoni, Sibling and Sonia Rykiel, who use hand and machine knitting, crochet and macramé to produce garments, this illustrated volume explores both their approaches to knitwear and how they use different stitches, techniques and yarns to create their distinctive signature pieces.
Christopher Dresser Textiles
A contemporary of William Morris and an influential member of the Aesthetic Movement, Christopher Dresser (1834–1904) took full advantage of the innovations offered by the new industrial world of the nineteenth century, and by 1870 had established the most prominent independent design practice in Britain. This highly illustrated monograph charts his life in textiles and assesses his sizeable contribution to the decorative arts tradition.
Barron & Larcher
During the 1920s and 1930s, Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher were at the forefront of a revival in hand block-printing in Britain, producing innovative textiles using homemade dyes, improvized tools and a diverse range of fabrics for clients including Coco Chanel. This illustrated celebration of their output includes facsimile pages from their sample book, Phyllis Barron's own account of her life as block-printer, and contributions from current printmakers.
Fashion Universe of Jean Paul Gaultier
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Published to coincide with the first retrospective of the 'enfant terrible' of design Jean Paul Gaultier, this monograph sheds light on his life in fashion over the last 35 years. It includes more than 500 full-colour photographs of artists, movie stars and musicians wearing his eclectic clothing, interviews with Gaultier and his associates, and essays by leading fashion writers, including the editor of Vogue International Suzy Menkes.
The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh
How E.H. Shepard Illustrated an Icon
Forming one of the earliest author and illustrator partnerships, Milne and Shepard worked closely together in the 1920s to create some of the world’s best-loved children’s characters. This illustrated volume reveals the depth of that partnership, and incorporates many of Shepard’s previously unpublished sketches, letters, photos and even a personal Christmas card. The real inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh is revealed to be Shepard’s son’s teddy bear, Growler, still owned by granddaughter Minette Shepard, who provides the introduction.
Edward Bawden Design
Edward Bawden (1903–1989) was one of the most innovative graphic designers of the 20th century, whose work included covers and designs for the Curwen Press, illustrations for the Ambrose Bierce cookery books published by Faber & Faber, ceramic designs, advertising artworks, particularly for London Transport and Fortnum & Mason, and murals. In this volume from the Design series, Peyton Skipwith’s succinct account of Bawden’s career accompanies reproductions of a wide selection of his work.
A teacher at Glasgow School of art, an exhibitor at the 1951 Festival of Britain and a textile designer for Liberty’s, Robert Stewart (1924–1995) dazzled the design world of the 1950s and 1960s. His passion was for surface design on textiles, tapestries, ceramics and paintings. This celebration of his life and achievements is richly illustrated with photographs that demonstrate the breadth of his work and provides a fascinating insight into British post-war design.
One of the most highly regarded British painters of the 20th century, John Piper (1903–1992) also worked in a variety of media including book illustration, murals, textiles and stained glass. This volume provides a concise biographical essay on the artist as well as reproducing a wide selection of his work, notably the Brighton Aquatints published by the Curwen Press, wallpaper designs for Sanderson & Co, and his Festival of Britain South Bank murals.
The Mackintosh Style
Decor & Design
Elizabeth Wilhide begins this study of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868–1928) and his achievements in architecture and design by looking at how influences such as the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements were forged into a new style and a ‘unique vocabulary of design and decoration’. The book goes on to give a detailed and richly illustrated account of buildings and interiors by Mackintosh, including The Glasgow School of Art, Windyhill, The Hill House and the Willow Tea Rooms.
Preston Tucker & Others
Tales of Brilliant Automotive Innovators & Innovations
Financial difficulties saw Preston Tucker's company fold in 1950 before more than 50 of his revolutionary Tucker 'Torpedo' cars could be built. This book tells the story of some of the lesser-known pioneers of automotive history, including Carl Borgward, Felix Wankel and John DeLorean.
In the Theatre of the Imagination
Quentin Blake is one of Britain’s best-loved illustrators, whose collaboration with Roald Dahl has made him world famous. Ghislaine Kenyon has known him for 20 years, and offers an intimate portrait of the artist and the man. We see him at work in his south London studio, and learn of his love of flying machines, of all things French, and of his lesser-known work for schools, hospitals and charities. The book is liberally illustrated with Blake’s inimitable sketches and paintings.
The Beauty of Life
William Morris & The Art of Design
Poet, designer, printer and publisher, William Morris was a man of astonishing energy, range and depth. This illustrated volume surveys his varied achievements and the work of Morris & Company (‘the Firm’), with essays on stained glass; the decoration of houses; the art of the book; and Morris’s chosen artistic successor at the Firm, John Henry Dearle. Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Huntingdon Library in California, the book ends with a discussion of Morris’s influence in America.
Clarice Cliff for Collectors
The distinctive ceramics produced by Clarice Cliff (1899–1972) at the Wilkinson and Newport potteries remain among the most popular collectables of the 20th century. This guide and reference for the enthusiast provides a useful introduction to the much-loved designer's world and key information on identifying her work. Over 500 pieces are illustrated and identified, and there is also practical advice on sourcing, storage, display and restoration.
Shirley Craven and Hull Traders
Revolutionary Fabrics and Furniture 1957–1980
Under the direction of the designer Shirley Craven (b.1934), Hull Traders was one of the most innovative and influential textile studios of the 1960s; its bold, vivid patterns perfectly captured the exuberance and iconoclasm of the era. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, this stylish book celebrates a remarkable creative partnership, and reproduces more than 125 vibrant fabrics by such celebrated artists as Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005), Ivon Hitchens (1893–1979) and Althea McNish (b.1933).
In the second half of the 20th century Hardy Amies (1909-2003) epitomized the finest of British couture, with his emphasis on a strong line achieved with high-quality materials and excellent tailoring. This comprehensive survey of his life and work is packed with photographs of his creations and his clients, as well as original drawings from the archives, many never seen before. Far more than merely couturier to Elizabeth II, Amies designed sensational clothes for a generation of aristocratic and influential women.
Alexander Rodchenko (1891-1953) was a central figure in the Russian Constructivist art movement: a radical activist, a pioneer of photomontage and a theorist, re-examining the place of art in the post-Revolution, classless society. This concise, illustrated study from the Design series focuses on Rodchenko's graphic work for book jackets, posters and advertising.