Designing Women: Post-War British Textiles

Sunday, 3 June 2012

There was a lovely exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum called 'Designing Women: Post-War British Textiles.' This was about after the World War II, the art of textile design changed and women artists working in England during the 50s wanted to strive towards an artistic revolution movement. Artists include Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Maria Mahler. Lucienne was the most noteworthy artist, since changing the direction of furnishing designs. When the war ended, Britons needed a rejuvenation and hope for the future. As a result, they began the daunting task of rebuilding the damages. The Festival of Britain was a huge revolution that travelled from city to country and aimed to promote design in their reconstruction efforts. This Festival was shown in many exhibitions and helped to popularised the aesthetic within British Design.
And these are some of my favourite pictures I took whilst I was there. I was inspired by the quirky graphic prints and the mixture of colours.

Pictures I took from the exhibiton design books.

Textile fabrics designed by Jacqueline Groag. 

Small Hours 1952 by Lucienne Day

This was the layout of the exhibition. 

This piece is called Magnetic 1957 by Lucienne Day

I love the colour blocking of the patterns. Especially the turquoise blue fabric designed by Jacqueline Groag. 

Love the musical instrument prints from the black fabric and also the cool shapes on the red one :)

Textile fabric designs by Mary White. 

Traffic Lights by Jacqueline Groag (right). 

Next exhibition at the Fashion & Textiles Museum is Pop! Culture, Design and Fashion. I'm hoping that would help me with my dissertation research!


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