Last month I made a last minute dash to the Fashion & Textile Museum just before it closed down it’s exhibition called ‘Designing Women-Post War British Textiles’. I’m really glad I made the effort, even though the decision was a little disastrous on the family front (my mother in law tripped over and broke her leg whilst babysitting for me!)

From the very moment I entered the exhibit I had goosiebumps. I was tunneled off into a wall of yummy Lucienne Day tea towels and textiles similar to those I sawlast year at the Pallant House Museum.

The large atrium was littered in Mahler textiles in some very interesting colourways that I had never seen before. I didn’t know that the Mahler textiles were made from rayon rather than cotton crepe as with many of the Lucienne Day textiles. Not sure which was the superior textile fibre of the 50’s & 60’s, but presumably they were chosen for their durability and colourfast properties.

In the glass display boxes they had some gorg 50’s & 60’s fabric adverts which I sat staring at for a while seeing if I had any in my collection. I didn’t find anything, but I did recognize a couple of the magazines.

Upstairs they were showing a film produced by Docomomo on Lucienne and Robin Day which pinned me to the spot for a good 10 minutes. There were also some textiles from lesser known designers of the era – Paile Vezelay, Mary White & Mary Warren.

Textile Designer from the 50’s & 60’s – Pat Albeck – was supporting the exhibition and gave an insight into her life as a designer through a series of talks. Unfortunately I couldn’t make these, but my friend popped along and blogged about it on her fashion blog The Prim Girl. Randomly I was clearing out my Nans house the week after theexhibition and came across this Teatowel designed by Pat Albeck!


About Vicky Grubb

Once a kitchen table Upholsterer, now a fully fledged tutor, author and hoarder of vintage fabrics. My Upholstery studio is based in Bournemouth, Dorset, where I live with my husband and two tinkers.

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