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16 March 2012 - 16 June 2012

Britain was at the forefront of international textile design in the 1950s and 1960s. Three women – Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler – led this movement. ‘Designing Women’, the forthcoming exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, explores these women’s pioneering role in combining art and manufacturing to change the direction of the modern design industry.

The art of textile design radically changed after the Second World War and three women artists working in England in the 1950s were pivotal in this artistic revolution.

The drab days of the War were transformed by the fresh, progressive designs of Lucienne Day (1917–2010), Jacqueline Groag (1903–86) and Marian Mahler (1911– 83). Designing Women: Post-war British textiles showcases their work beginning with Lucienne Day’s ‘Calyx’ pattern of 1951, featured at the Festival of Britain, and moving through textile commissions of the 1960s and 70s. The exhibition features more than 100 works.

Original artist designs with bold abstract pattern, as well as the use of saturated colour, marked a dramatic departure from conventional furnishing fabrics. This new wave of bold textile designs, helped to bring the influences of the art world, in its most recent, refreshing, and largely abstract forms, into the contemporary home.

Over 100 works from the collection of Jill A Wiltse and H Kirk Brown will be on display.

Opening hours and booking
Please note that the museum is now closed to the public until Friday 16 March
Exhibition Dates: 16 March - 16 June 2012.
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 6pm.
Last Admissions 5.15pm.
Closed Sunday and Monday.
Ticket Price: £7 / £5 for eligible concessions.
Includes entry to FTM displays 'The Printed Square - Vintage Handkerchiefs', 'Portraits: Women Designers' and 'Creating a Printed Textile with Sanderson'

Exhibition Highlights Tour
Every Wednesday at 1pm
Join one of the Museum team to see and learn more about the highlights of our current exhibition. Free with exhibition ticket purchase


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