Below: From ‘The Wedding’ by Saul Steinberg
One of my favourite Christmas presents this year was a book called Artist Designed Textiles 1940 -1976, so I was really excited to see that there is to be an exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London this month called Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol. Artist Textiles shows how ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings, and traces the history of 20th century art in textiles through works by amongst others Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Sonia Delaunay and Pablo Picasso. What a treat!
I find great inspiration in the garden , evident in the gently peeling lace petals on the Carly dress and fragile flower buds on Violet , Isadora and Bea, not to mention the peace and tranquility it provides to allow the mind to quieten and ideas to develop.
This exhibition, curated by writer and historian Nicola Shulman, explores the relationship between fashion and garden design, identifying and celebrating the many links between the two, analysing the way we dress our gardens as we do ourselves in relation to the seasons.
We are promised an examination of how fashion and gardens have shared some of their most alluring decorative elements and the phenomena of particular flowers popularity at particular periods, featuring examples of the flower craze of Camelias in the 1840s to Sunflowers in the 1890s and Daisies in the 60s.
The exhibition runs until April 27th. Tickets can be bought here
Above Image: Lady Birley by Valerie Finnis
We have added a size 12 sample of Violet to our sale. The sample is in excellent condition and is being sold as it is the last of this particular limited edition French lace. Don’t worry though, our new lace ( also French) is equally as beautiful.
If you are a size 10 or 12 this sample may be the one for you. It is a generous 10 and has room for alteration.
Sample price £1750