Photos from the Chrysler Museum Library blog.
British Textiles: 1700 to the Present
By Wendy Hefford, Ngozi Ioku, Valerie Mendes, Linda Parry and Natalie Rothstein
I was fortunate to receive this wonderful book from my darling daughter as a birthday gift this year—I do have my kids well-trained in the gift giving department!
The book is a compendium of several previously published books by the V&A on the subject of textiles, with an introduction by Linda Parry, curator in the textile department of the museum for over thirty years. Covering over 300 years of the British textile industry, it is richly illustrated with over 1000 images.
Each chronological section is introduced by an expert in the field explaining how the fabrics were manufactured and how the designs were influenced by the technological advances and artistic trends of the period. The essays are a bit dense, but geeks like me will enjoy reading them. There is also a short glossary of terms and an appendix of textile firms and designers, as well as a list of books for further reading.
All said, the real strength of this weighty tome is the amazing color plates. With few exceptions, the designs are pure eye candy. I particularly liked the designs from the early 1700s. Even some of the fabrics that are 300 years old seem remarkably contemporary in both composition and color palette. Truly inspirational!
All images are from http://chryslermuseumlibrary.blogspot.com.
Here is the first of what we hope will be many entries in our new book series "The Book List." We've got a ton of books to share with you! We also want to hear what industry books you've been reading, so drop us a line if you have suggestions or want to write a guest post for this series.
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