Masterpieces of Russian Stage Design
Russian Stage Design 1880–1930 is a two-volume work based on the collection of Nina and Nikita Lobanov-Rostrovsky now in the Glinka Museum, St Petersburg. Volume II is the catalogue raisonné; this first volume introduces the history, theatre companies and productions of the Russian stage as a whole, questioning the assumed dominance of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes artists. The ‘masterpieces’ are presented in 242 full-page reproductions of designs by artists including Léon Bakst, Sonia Delaunay, Natalia Goncharova and El Lissitzky.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dress of the Year
The Fashion Museum, Bath, takes donation of one new outfit from a contemporary designer each year. The pieces are chosen by fashion writers and intended to reflect the mood of the time – they are often prophetic of future trends. Beginning in 1963 with a Mary Quant dress, and finishing in 2012 with an appliqué evening dress by Christian Dior, this publication includes a photograph and description for each garment in the collection. Incorrectly placed text on page 126 corrected with erratum slip.
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 1933, Stephen Tallents, who had been working on posters for the Empire Marketing Board, joined the General Post Office (GPO) to revitalize its public relations and advertising campaigns. He was to become a major patron of art and design, commissioning work by designers such as Edward McKnight Kauffer, Lewitt-Him and Frank Newbould. This volume describes the major personalities and themes of Tallents’s ambitious project.
Festival of Britain
Held on the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Festival of Britain was a celebration of the end of post-war austerity and a showcase for British arts, science and trade for the future. This book examines the objects and printed ephemera produced to commemorate the Festival and includes work by major designers, including Abram Games’s Festival emblem and Lewitt-Him’s Guinness Clock in the Battersea Park Pleasure Gardens.
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.
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.
Sex, Sense and Nonsense
Felicity Green on the '60s Fashion Scene
Felicity Green was fashion editor of the Daily Mirror throughout the 1960s and, as well as blazing a trail for women in journalism, revolutionized newspaper coverage of fashion through the introduction of celebrity and glamour. Reproducing some of the best pages from the newspaper, featuring leading models, designers and celebrities of the day, she reflects on the rapidly changing scene of the 1960s, when sexy and playful fashions scandalized, entertained and excited the nation.
Designer British Silver
From Studios Established 1930–1985
Following George V’s request for modern Ascot trophies, the government began encouraging British design in the 1930s, their plans coming to fruition post-war. This compendium features photographic samples from and biographies of the 50 most influential modern British designer silversmiths, based on one-to-one interviews and family records. Shorter entries are included for a further 170 designer silversmiths, enamellers and engravers, providing a unique, comprehensive record of their craft through to the present day. Slipcased.
Travels With My Sketchbook
Michael Foreman dreamed of seeing the world as a boy, but never imagined his artistic talents would enable him to travel, first through a scholarship to visit America and subsequently with commissions to document North Sea oil rigs and the World Fair in Japan. Including a football game in the Andes and pony-trekking in Kashmir, Foreman’s travelogue, which spans the 1960s to the 1990s, is illustrated with his line drawings and watercolours.
Fashion, Beauty and Portraits
The photographer Clive Arrowsmith is renowned both for his work for publications including Vogue and Vanity Fair and his images of celebrities. This visual celebration of his career features a broad selection of his iconic portraits of famous figures including LS Lowry, David Bowie, Carrie Fisher and the members of Monty Python, as well as highlights from his magazine portfolio and stills from his two successive Pirelli calendar shoots.
Lewis Foreman Day
Unity in Design and Industry
Though less well-known than his friend and contemporary William Morris, Lewis F Day was one of the most influential figures of the Arts and Crafts movement. Convinced that the highest aesthetic ideals could be applied to industrial design, he produced a range of distinctive furniture, clocks, stained glass, pottery and tiles, while his magazine articles provided a perceptive commentary on the changing fashions of his day. This handsome book is sumptuously illustrated with examples of Day's striking work.