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 a block-printer, and contributions from current printmakers.
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.
Natural Dyes and Textiles
Based on forty years of research, this highly illustrated volume blends science, art and ethnography to explore Koekboya – a Turkish word for the dyes made from roots, flowers, leaves, tubers, seeds and insects. The author lists more than 100 natural stains, explaining their provenance, cultural history and which natural textiles they are compatible with, and includes information on making and using the pigments described.
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.