OUT OF THE BLUE:50 YEARS OF DESIGNERS GUILD

EXTENDED UNTIL FEB 2021

The Fashion and Textile Museum is proud to present the exhibition Out of the Blue, celebrating the work of influential design company, Designers Guild. Founded by Tricia Guild OBE, Designers Guild started life in 1970 as a small section of a single shop in Chelsea’s Kings Road. The brand has since evolved and grown into a global enterprise, whose products have changed the way we view colour, pattern and texture in our homes.

Out of the blue unravels Tricia Guild’s unique and creative approach, focussing in on her inspiration, her intuitive design methodology and the techniques, processes and materials used. Frustrated with the lack of truly contemporary fabrics and wallpapers for interiors, Tricia’s vision, initially created alongside Robin Guild, was to create a lifestyle. Tricia showed people hot to put the different elements of a room together; how colour, pattern, texture and form can combine to create a harmonious space.

Visitors will be able to see first-hand where Tricia’s inspiration comes from – her travels to India, Japan, and Scandinavia – and how this is translated into collections of fabrics, wallpaper, furniture and accessories. Her inspiration may come from ancient Indian textiles, Renaissance-style velvet or a Swedish Gustavian wall treatment, but the resulting interiors are never drawn solely from one traveller’s tale and are never just a reworking of an old document. Instead, each is an eclectic amalgam in which harmony exists between East and West, present and past.

Designers Guild is perhaps best known for florals and botanicals, but plain fabrics in a multitude of shades and textures, alongside a vast range of geometric and abstract designs, are also vital to the mix.

Offering unique access to Designers Guild’s archive, with never before displayed original designs and art work, – Out of the Blue will showcase the story of Designers Guild in settings that capture the changing tastes in interiors over the past five decades.

The exhibition charts the transformation of Tricia Guild – from an ambitious young woman in business, to the influential creative force behind a global brand. Out of the Blue will celebrate the work and thought processes of this important and influential designer and reveal her highly successful, innovative and unconventional approach to design.

Many thanks to the Fashion and Textile museum for the images. All images copyright of the fashion and Textile museum and Designers Guild.

High street Edit

A visit to the shops is now a real luxury. If you are going to go out you want to see some exciting looking rails and visual merchandising – Its like we need it more than ever. I treat myself to a little ‘mooch’ around town – its been a while – and thought I’d let you see some of the lovely prints I discovered.

A lot of textural, floral and of course animal prints. There is a real feeling that the clothes available are more casual and wearable. Luxe loungewear are more the order of the day currently; who needs a christmas party dress right now? I was still pleasantly surprised and found some nice pieces – very classic and some slightly nostalgic/vintage. Maybe thats what we are craving now; certainty – we know florals and animal prints work so lets go with it.

Photographs taken by The print affair.

Time to wrap up, in colour

If you have all of a sudden been hit by the nip of autumn; rather than lugging around a heavy coat en route to rule-of-six meet-ups, throw a scarf over your outfit for an extra layer of warmth that can be easily removed if the sun decides to shine. Use a block colour number to brighten up an outfit, or add polish to those WFH trustworthy joggers with a comforting cashmere wrap.

Images from Vogue.com, Selfridges.com and Paulsmith.com

D and G: Sicilian Patchwork

Spring-Summer 2021
Women’s Fashion Show

Would you like spots, stripes, florals, demask, tile or animal prints? How about all of them! This new collection from Dolce and Gabbana has just about everything. Their patchwork collection fuses together all we love about print and we just had to share, who can fail to be inspired.

Sicily, the island that has always been the source of inspiration for Dolce&Gabbana, is told through the contrasts that render it unique.
The new Women’s Collection tells of a story of a union, of pieces created by artisans’ hands, with different colours, forms and fabrics joined together in a combination of patchworks: a celebration of Fatto a Mano.

All images from dolceandgabbana.com

Dolce&Gabbana for Smeg

Sicilian aesthetics and state of the art technology meet in this collaboration between Dolce&Gabbana and Smeg. Joining creative forces in a truly authentic Made in Italy project, discover Sicily is my Love: a unique collection of domestic appliances created by Smeg with distinct Dolce&Gabbana decorative motifs.
The collection is composed of a slow juicer, blender, toaster (two and four slices), citrus juicer and kettle.

Dolce&Gabbana and Smeg have teamed up once again for the design of a special edition of the FAB28 refrigerator, transforming it into a work of art. The two companies belong to two different creative sectors but are united by strong values and a tradition of “Made in Italy” excellence: sharing similar backgrounds rooted in the family and local territory, they have a deep respect for tradition and their creativity allows them to skillfully combine eras, different specialties, and sensibilities.

Sicilian painters, highly skilled in the complex decorative arts and “treasures of the past”, turn refrigerators into unique interpretations of Sicilian folklore. The results of passion, profound creativity and a sense of belonging to their land.

The Bevilacqua Brothers

To see more refrigerator works of art visit: https://www.smeg.com/special-products/refrigerators-of-art-list

Run and Fly

While on holiday in St Ives this summer I stumbled across a wonderful independent clothes shop run by Wendy Pope called “Lilac and Lime”. Her eclectic emporium introduced me to several new brands including Run & Fly, a UK company manufacturing unisex “fungarees” sporting great conversational prints.

I contacted Run and Fly and Amy Davies photography shared these wonderful pictures with us. www.amydaviesphotography.com 

Kimono: Kyoto to catwalk

This exhibition presents the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world.

Rare 17th- and 18th-century kimono are displayed for the first time in the UK, together with fashion from international designers and iconic film and performance costumes. The kimono’s recent reinvention on the streets of Japan is also explored through work by an exciting new wave of contemporary designers and stylists.

Highlights of the exhibition include a kimono created by Living National Treasure Kunihiko Moriguchi, the Alexander McQueen dress designed for Björk and worn on the cover of her album Homogenic, and original Star Wars costumes modelled on kimono by John Mollo. Designs by Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano reveal the kimono’s role as a constant source of inspiration for fashion designers.

Paintings, prints, dress accessories and other objects feature throughout the
exhibition, providing additional context to the fascinating story of kimono’s style, appeal and influence.

As we are still struggling to get out and see some of these wonderful exhibitions the V and A have released 5 films that take you on a personal curator tour of their exhibition ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk.’ Captured as the museum was closing its doors for a while, curator Anna Jackson guides you through the exhibition spaces, providing a personal insight into the making of the show, star exhibits and the fascinating history of the kimono.

Images all copyright of The Victoria and Albert Museum London.

Own photos taken at the exhibition and from https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/kimono-kyoto-to-catwalk

The Vampires Wife

Brand Focus: The Vampires Wife.

Taking its name from husband Nick Cave’s abandoned book project, The Vampire’s Wife is the brainchild of English model Susie Cave. Inspired by her background in fashion and involvement with brands like Philip Treacy, Vivienne Westwood and Bella Freud, the label offers an offbeat twist on retro glamour. The Vampire’s Wife has gone on to capture the imaginations of the most esoteric of artists, actors, musicians and culture icons to becoming the favourite brand for the British Royal family.

Images from https://thevampireswife.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/thevampireswife/

Fun Animal Conversational Prints

Did someone say animal print?

Not as you expect… let’s save the animal skins for another day and have some fun with these animal conversational prints.

Make a statement and have a bit of fun! Below are a selection of some of our favourites.

Gorgeous Zebra prints from Zara on a range of solid base colours, depending how bold you feel.

Let me be free

For SS21 we see a trend for happy soft rainbow colours in prints with a vintage feel that take up pointillistic and impressionist themes. The feeling is of rebirth, a positive freshness as we dream liberation. It is all very feminine and can be worn as an all over or just to cheer up jeans or joggers.  It is casual and soft and most importantly optimistic.

Specific design requests from our 16,000 + design library or custom printing of your own digital designs can be sent to Sarah at;

designandcolour@gmail.com

07984 467997