Category Archives: Textile Designers

Marion Dorn: Illustrations for William Beckford’s Vathek, 1929

  Back in the 1980s I was working on my PhD on the American textile designer Marion Dorn and was in New York where I interviewed Yvonne McHarg, a food stylist, who had known Dorn back in the 1930s through … Continue reading

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Robert Stewart designs for Liberty

One of my favourite fabric designers of the 1950s is the Scot, Robert Stewart (1924-1995). Born in Glasgow, Stewart studied at Glasgow School of Art and taught there from 1949, becoming the Head of Printed Textiles. Stewart had a distinguished career … Continue reading

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Alastair Morton : designing for Horrockses Fashions

Over the years that I have been researching Horrockses Fashions I have collected examples of the company’s output and probably top of my list of favourites are dresses made from the glorious designs of Alastair Morton who was a key … Continue reading

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Back to the Drawing Board

For the past few months I have been acting as a consultant for this exhibition currently on show at Keele University, Staffordshire, which showcases the work of textile designer Pat Albeck and her late husband, theatre designer Peter Rice. Their … Continue reading

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Talented designers from Jutland and Skipton

I have seen two notable exhibitions on my travels this summer – both focusing on textiles and both featuring talented women designers – who are new new to me. The first was  ‘Marie Gudme Leth: Pioneer in Print’ at the … Continue reading

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Kid in a Sweet Shop: Part Two

This Part Two of my amazing trip last week to help M sort out her collection of vintage clothing – Part One can be found here. Horrockses Fashions were renowned for their pattern designs, produced by salaried designers, bought from … Continue reading

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Wendy Simpson – designer

Following my interview with Wendy Simpson last week I have written a short piece about her work as a designer for Horrockses – you can find it here. Here are a few of her designs (not for reproduction)

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