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The Printed Square - Vintage Handkerchiefs

22 March 2012

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Vintage handkerchiefs have become a source of inspiration for contemporary fashion brands. With beautiful examples from the 1920s to 1950s, this new exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum celebrates early twentieth-century handkerchief design in a magnificent display of colour and pattern.

Print is a key trend in this season’s collections, and this exhibition highlights the long tradition of graphic, floral and figurative designs being used on textiles and fashion accessories. Featuring over 60 handkerchiefs and a number of scarves, the selection draws attention to the design characteristics of different decades as well as providing a visual feast for anyone with a passion for pattern.

A selection of garments by high street fashion company Oasis is also featured in the exhibition, with a fascinating description of how their designers have taken inspiration for their 2012 collections from the texture and appeal of vintage designs. Curated by vintage clothing and textiles expert Nicky Albrechtsen, the exhibition coincides with a new book ‘The Printed Square’, published by Thames & Hudson, which details the history of handkerchief design and the fabrics used.

Join Nicky Albrechtsen at The Fashion and Textile Museum on Saturday 24 March, from midday to 3pm, for an all ages activity to ‘Design and print a handkerchief’ – participation free with museum entry.

Notes to Editors:
‘The Printed Square: Vintage Handkerchiefs’ exhibition is organised by the Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF, in association with Thames & Hudson and Oasis, from 22nd March – 16th June 2012, Tues – Sat 11am-6pm, www.ftmlondon.org. It accompanies the main exhibition‘Designing Women: Post-war British Textiles’, from 16 March to 16 June 2012. Ticket prices: £7 adults, £5 students and concessions, free entry for under 12s

The publication The Printed Square: Vintage Handkerchief Patterns for Fashion and Design by Nicky Albrechtsen is published by Thames & Hudson on 4 March 2012, ISBN 978 0 500 516096, 256 pages, hardback, priced £14.95. www.thamesandhudson.com

The Fashion and Textile Museum is a cutting edge centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery in London. Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes, the museum is owned by Newham College London – one of Europe’s largest further education colleges – and showcases a programme of changing exhibitions, courses and events.

For further information about FTM and its activities visit www.ftmlondon.org

For further press information please contact: Alison Lowe, Press Officer, Felicities Ltd representing FTM, Tel: 0207 377 6030, Email: Alison@felicities.co.uk

For information about Thames & Hudson please contact: Collette Hutchinson, Press Officer, Thames & Hudson Ltd, Tel: +44 (0)20 7845 5022 Email: c.hutchinson@thameshudson.co.uk

For information about Oasis please contact: Emily, emilyaxt@oasis-stores.co.uk

For all images please credit: © The Printed Square by Nicky Albrechtsen, 2012

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