Exhibition Archives: Zandra Rhodes – 50 Years of Fabulous

Introduction To survive for fifty years in the give and take of the fashion world is no mean feat. To remain an independent spirit, plowing your distinctive furrow while the winds of change swirl about you is an extraordinary one. Dame Zandra Rhodes is one such designer. This exhibition celebrates the founding of Rhodes’s fashion … Continue reading Exhibition Archives: Zandra Rhodes – 50 Years of Fabulous

Exhibition Archives: Horrockses Fashion – Off the Peg Style in the ’40s and ’50s

Introduction This exhibition tells the story of a pioneering manufacturer of women’s ready-to-wear and shows off some of the best examples of Horrockses Fashions’ production from the 40s and 50s. Horrockses Fashions was one of the most well-respected ready-to-wear labels of the late 1940s and 1950s.  It was established in 1946 as a subsidiary of … Continue reading Exhibition Archives: Horrockses Fashion – Off the Peg Style in the ’40s and ’50s

Exhibition Archives: Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Colour

Introduction Kaffe Fassett’s career spans over 50 years in a life as rich and colourful as the textiles and artworks that he creates. His influence in knitting, quilting, needlepoint and mosaic is arguably the widest ranging in the world. From his childhood in California’s Big Sur to his life-changing relocation to London in the 1960s, … Continue reading Exhibition Archives: Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Colour

Designers Guild: The Early Years

Designers Guild was conceived in 1970 when Tricia (b.1946) and Robin Guild (1938–2006) purchased David Bishop’s decorating company, based on the corner of Paultons Square and King’s Road in London, an area with a somewhat tarnished shopping ambience. Here they launched Proposals in March 1971, a showroom for contemporary Italian furniture by Saporiti. Meanwhile, struck … Continue reading Designers Guild: The Early Years

Volunteer Voices: Sewing as a Form of Self-care

From embroidery and cross-stitching, to finishing a pile of forgotten clothing that needs mending, it appears that more people are turning to sewing as a form of self-care. With more free time, and the desire to switch off work-mode when working from home, it is unsurprising that home sewing is having a remarkable renaissance. Sewing … Continue reading Volunteer Voices: Sewing as a Form of Self-care

Exhibition Archives: 1920s Jazz Age Fashion and Photographs

Dawn of a Decade The end of the First World War marked a new era. The borders of Europe were redrawn and the United States of America, along with Britain and France, entered a period of economic prosperity. Traditional values gave way to newer and more radical codes of conduct that were being established by … Continue reading Exhibition Archives: 1920s Jazz Age Fashion and Photographs

Volunteer Voices: Textile Heroines – Anni Albers

Anni Albers (1899 – 1994) was a twentieth century modernist artist and designer who worked in the medium of textiles, and is particularly known for using the method of hand weaving. Throughout her career Albers produced many forms of textiles including functional and architectural works. Albers began her artistic training at the Bauhaus in 1922 … Continue reading Volunteer Voices: Textile Heroines – Anni Albers

Exhibition Archives: Designing Women: Post-war British Textiles

The art of textile design radically changed after World War II. Women artists working in England in the 1950s were pivotal in this artistic revolution. The drab days of the War were suddenly washed with the light of the fresh, progressive designs by Lucienne Day (1917-2010), Marian Mahler (1911-1983) and Jacqueline Groag (1903-1985). Original artist … Continue reading Exhibition Archives: Designing Women: Post-war British Textiles