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Designing Britain 1945 - 1975 > Fabrics Forming Society > 1940s/1950s > Textile Design
 
1940s-1950s: UTILITY/AUSTERITY - TEXTILE DESIGN
 
AIAB Utility stamped turquoise and brown check dress fabric
Utility stamp, left hand corner, 1940s
(Utility)
FFS00596 AIAB Utility stamped turquoise and brown check dress fabric
Utility stamp, left hand corner, 1940s
(Utility)

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CoID 'Ticker Tape', grey, yellow, red, sage.
'Spectator', green, navy/green/black/red, khaki, maroon.
Designed by Lucienne Day for Heals furnishings, 1953
(contemporary) FFS00270 CoID 'Ticker Tape', grey, yellow, red, sage.
'Spectator', green, navy/green/black/red, khaki, maroon.
Designed by Lucienne Day for Heals furnishings, 1953
(contemporary)

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CoID Left	'Bouquet Garni' four colour ways
Right 'Black Leaf' four colour ways
Centre 'Too Many Cooks' five colour ways
Tea towels designed by Lucienne Day , 1959
(contemporary, domesticity, organic)
FFS00271 CoID Left 'Bouquet Garni' four colour ways
Right 'Black Leaf' four colour ways
Centre 'Too Many Cooks' five colour ways
Tea towels designed by Lucienne Day , 1959
(contemporary, domesticity, organic)

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CoID Designed by Marian Mahler and manufactured by David Whitehead Ltd, 1952
This contemporary design of a swinging ‘mobile’ was available in three colour ways.
(contemporary)
FFS00269 CoID Designed by Marian Mahler and manufactured by David Whitehead Ltd, 1952
This contemporary design of a swinging ‘mobile’ was available in three colour ways.
(contemporary)

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CoID Textiles produced by the Glasgow School of Art, 1954
(contemporary, organic)
FFS00273 CoID Textiles produced by the Glasgow School of Art, 1954
(contemporary, organic)

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CoID 'Inglewood', designed by Humphrey Spender, architect, photographer 	& textile lecturer at the Royal College of Art, for Edinburgh Weavers, 1958
Five colour ways		                			
(organic)
FFS00272 CoID 'Inglewood', designed by Humphrey Spender, architect, photographer & textile lecturer at the Royal College of Art, for Edinburgh Weavers, 1958
Five colour ways
(organic)

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AIAB 1950s screen printed fabric in mustard/cream by Karen Willinger		
(contemporary, organic)
FFS00597 AIAB 1950s screen printed fabric in mustard/cream by Karen Willinger
(contemporary, organic)

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AIAB 1950s screen printed fabric in maroon/cream. Donkey and floral design reflecting the impact of increasing foreign travel.
(contemporary, foreign travel, organic)
FFS00598 AIAB 1950s screen printed fabric in maroon/cream. Donkey and floral design reflecting the impact of increasing foreign travel.
(contemporary, foreign travel, organic)

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AIAB Karen Willinger screen printed designs (furnishing), 1951
'La Chasse', top image of a dog and horse in the country, mauve & blue
'Borogrove', birds and leaves, red & white
(contemporary, organic)
FFS00599 AIAB Karen Willinger screen printed designs (furnishing), 1951
'La Chasse', top image of a dog and horse in the country, mauve & blue
'Borogrove', birds and leaves, red & white
(contemporary, organic)

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AIAB Neville Walters screen printed fabric design for David Whitehead Ltd, 1950s.
Line drawings of historic steam boats, trains and hot-air balloons.
Pale grey/pale yellow/pale pink on white background.
(contemporary) FFS00600 AIAB Neville Walters screen printed fabric design for David Whitehead Ltd, 1950s.
Line drawings of historic steam boats, trains and hot-air balloons.
Pale grey/pale yellow/pale pink on white background.
(contemporary)

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AIAB Terence Conran 1950s screen printed fabric for David Whitehead Ltd.
Pink/brown/cream abstract symbols. 		
(contemporary, colour)
FFS00605 AIAB Terence Conran 1950s screen printed fabric for David Whitehead Ltd.
Pink/brown/cream abstract symbols.
(contemporary, colour)

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TEXTS

Anthea M. Jarvis, ‘British Cotton Couture, British Fashion and the Cotton Board, 1941-1969, in Costume, Number 31, 1997, pp. 92-99.
Lesley Jackson, Robin and Lucienne Day, Pioneers of Contemporary Design, Mitchell Beazley, London, 2001.
Sally MacDonald and Julia Porter, Putting On the Style: setting up home in the 1950s, The Geffyre Museum/Christie’s, London, 1990.
Alan Peat, David Whitehead Ltd, Artist Designed Textiles 1952-1969, Oldham Leisure Services, Oldham, 1993.
Mary Schoeser and Celia Rufey, English and American textiles from 1790 to the present, Thames and Hudson, USA, 1989.
 
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