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Chintz: Cotton in Bloom

12 March – 15 August 2021

Japanese dress (detail). Cotton, painted with chintz technique, India 1700-1725. Collection Fries Museum, The Netherlands. © Photo Studio Noorderblik.
Chintz: Cotton in Bloom is a collection with an extraordinary story, spanning hundreds of years and thousands of miles.

The complicated technical craftsmanship required to fix bright dyes to cotton, devised across centuries and using complex chemical formulae, meant that for many years Chintz was a closely guarded secret, or preserve of the elite. However, by the 18th century chintz had become more widely accessible. The lightweight, washable, gaily coloured and boldly patterned cottons eventually became a sensation throughout England and across Europe. These developments resulted in the intricate, colourful flowers of chintz fabric being cherished and preserved by generations.

Chintz: Cotton in Bloom showcases some 150 examples of this treasured textile, originating from all around the world; from mittens to wall hangings and from extravagant 18th-century sun hats to stylish mourning dresses.

Also on display in the Fashion Studio will be a selection of contemporary batik artworks by artist Annie Phillips. The display will also showcase Annie’s creative techniques in creating her intricate designs.

Exhibition Organised by the Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. www.friesmuseum.nl

 

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Exhibition Highlights

Coat and dress for women © photostudio Noorderblik
Palempore © Museum of Friesland Leeuwarden
Girls jacket with millefleur pattern; below a hand-painted girl’s chintz petticoat. Cotton, painted and dyed using the chintz technique. India, 1725-1775, jacket about 1760. Fries Museum Leeuwarden. Photo Studio Noorderblik.

Images left to right: Women’s jacket. Cotton, painted and dyed using the chintz technique. India, 1775-1790. Fries Museum Leeuwarden – loan Ottema-Kingma Foundation. Photo Studio Noorderblik. Hindeloopen under jacket. Cotton, painted and dyed using the chintz technique. India, 1700-1775. Fries Museum Leeuwarden – loan Ottema Kingma Foundation.
Hindelooper wentke blue-white © photostudio Noorderblik
Detail of jacket. Cotton, painted and dyed using the chintz technique. India, 1725-1750. Fries Museum Leeuwarden. Photo Studio Noorderblik.
Hindeloopen ‘wentke’ (long women’s coat). Cotton, painted and dyed using the chintz technique. India, 1725-1750. Fries Museum Leeuwarden. Photo Studio Noorderblik.
Images left to right: Detail of chintz palempore with Burmania armorial. Cotton, painted and dyed using the chintz technique. India, 1700-1725. Fries Museum Leeuwarden. Photo Studio Noorderblik. Empire jacket made from a recycled chintz petticoat. Cotton, painted and dyed using the chintz technique. India, 1750-1775. Jacket: Friesland, around 1810-1820.

 


Please note that in place of a permanent collection, the Fashion and Textile Museum hosts a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions, displaying a broad range of innovative fashion and textiles from designers and makers around the world.

Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture

3 September 2021 – January 2022

The Fool designs inside The Beatles Apple Boutique 1967. Copyright Karl Ferris.

“We were young, rich and beautiful, and the tide – we thought – was turning in our favour. We were going to change everything, of course, but mostly we were going to change the rules.” – Marianne Faithfull.

In the mid-1960s a handful of Chelsea boutiques sparked a fashion revolution. Freed and fuelled by creative exploration and experimentation, they began selling radical clothing to the counterculture youth. Their outrageously flamboyant designs were inspired by romantic ideas of the past; Byron-esque frilled shirts were paired with Regency brocades and plush velvet trousers were mixed with influences from Morocco and the Far East. They blurred gender boundaries with increasingly androgynous styles, creating an explosion of colour, pattern and decoration.

Beautiful People explores fabulous and rare examples from these era-defining stores and designers, examining the shared free spirit of Granny Takes A Trip, Hung On You, Apple, Biba, Mr Fish, Thea Porter, Ossie Clark and more. Clothes worn by the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix will be displayed as part of recreations of these iconic boutiques.

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Please note that in place of a permanent collection, the Fashion and Textile Museum hosts a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions, displaying a broad range of innovative fashion and textiles from designers and makers around the world.

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