Kaffe Fassett: Paintings

Although he is better known for his kaleidoscopic knitting, quilts and needlework, Kaffe Fassett began his career as a painter. At the age of 19, he won a scholarship to study at The Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. Less than a year later, he left to paint in London. Kaffe would move permanently to England in 1964, following a dinner party where he encountered … Continue reading Kaffe Fassett: Paintings

Sir Terence Conran: Pioneer of British Design

Sir Terence Conran, who died last week at the age of 88, was a visionary designer and entrepreneur whose business acumen transformed post-war British living. A “Bauhaus-educated chap” (as he described himself in an interview with Vanity Fair), Conran’s modernist principles and desire to democratise design have had a lasting impact on contemporary Britain. Image: … Continue reading Sir Terence Conran: Pioneer of British Design

Exhibition Archives: Knitwear – Chanel to Westwood

Introduction  Knitting is one of the most fundamental textile techniques, produced from a continuous yarn and simple needles, yet its origins are shrouded in the mists of time. Early examples of knitting dating from Coptic and Egyptian cultures still exist, along with hats, stockings and knitted undergarments from the sixteenth century. While their earliest history … Continue reading Exhibition Archives: Knitwear – Chanel to Westwood

People’s Princess: The Style of Princess Diana

The Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki was recently announced to be taking over the role of Diana, Princess of Wales in the final two series of Netflix’s The Crown. Debicki will be picking up from Emma Corrin, whose performance is hotly anticipated in the upcoming fourth series (due for release this November). Pictures of Corrin on set show that the costume department have remained particularly faithful to Diana's sartorial transformation from shy “Sloane Ranger” to the most … Continue reading People’s Princess: The Style of Princess Diana

Exhibition Archives: Pop! Design, Culture, Fashion

Introduction Pop was probably the most significant cultural phenomenon in the second half of the Twentieth Century. Pop was a broad-based, grass roots culture whose young exponents constantly blurred the boundaries of its primary vehicles of expression and communication; music, fashion and design. These interests had their origins in a popular culture far too diverse … Continue reading Exhibition Archives: Pop! Design, Culture, Fashion

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