Designing Women: Post-war British textiles will show more than 100 works from the designers, works that still look as fresh, innovative and beautiful as they did 50 years ago.
Starting with Lucienne Day’s iconic Calyx pattern, shown at the Festival of Britain in 1951, the show traces the development of textile designs through to commissions from the 1970s.
The works are characterised by bold, vibrant abstract patterning, a marked departure from the prevailing sense of post-war austerity into a world that was more brightly coloured, an importantly, widely available.
The works of these female designers also proved a bold step on from the more subdued furniture designs of the time, and helped catalyse the growth of textile manufacturers and wholesale firms like Heal & Sons and David Whitehead Ltd, which were taking advantage of the advancing technologies of the time.
As well as works by Day, Groag and Mahler, the exhibition will also showcase works from other women designers including Paule Vézelay, Mary Warren and Mary White.
Designing Women: Post-war British textiles runs from 16 March – 16 June at The Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1