Holding the book, with its tactile, textured cover is almost like handling a piece of barkcloth.
An initial flick through the enticing photos contained within persuades you to delve deeper.
There are endless examples of superb, period fabric designs to drool over…
…full-colour, detailed images of vintage prints on every page.
Some very recognisable patterns as well as ones you’ll probably not seen before.
It isn’t however, just a collection of pretty pictures…
…it’s extremely well researched – Fogg really knows her subject.
She used to be a lecturer in Visual Studies and the Culture of Fashion at the University of Nottingham.
In addition to details about the actual fabric designs, the book encompasses related topics such as interior design and social & historical influences.
Another strong point of the book is the photo captions – they’re full of additional information and incisive comments.
It’s a wonderful leisure read, but also a great resource…
… an inspiration for design projects or for identifying fabrics that you may be lucky enough to find!
There’s also a useful bibliography of where to go next if your appetite for 50s patterns has been whetted.
It’s a must for devotees of textile designers such as Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler, Robert Stewart, Jaqueline Groag, Sylvia Chambers & Tom Mellor to name but a few – along with manufacturers such as Heals, David Whitehead Ltd & Edinburgh Weavers…
…and for fans of Mid-century Modern in general.
This book is going to be a permanent fixture on our shelves.
1950s Fashion Print can also be bought from our vintage design bookshops: Amazon UK | Amazon US
We’ll be following up in the very near future with a review of Fogg’s 1960s Fashion Fabrics…
…we’re very much looking forward to it!
[Many thanks to Anova Books for supplying this review copy.]
Who are you & what do you do?
I’m Heather Moore and I’m an illustrator and surface designer. I have a label called Skinny laMinx, for which I design and produce fabrics, make things with my fabrics, and also do other bits and bobs.
How did you get into the business?
As with most things, I kind of fell into it by chance. I was tired of all the illustration work I’d been doing, so started doing some screenprinting and showing what I’d done on my blog, and I got a good reaction, so I made more. There’s been very little planning along the way, I have to admit.
Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by people who do things properly, with energy, integrity and pride. Barry, the guy who recently renovated the back of our apartment building, was a total inspiration in the way he worked hard, used the best materials, and stood by his work with pride. Love that! I’m also inspired by the way things were made and the way they looked in the 50s and 60s, and especially the things that came out of Scandinavia. I love textiles from that era, and the colours that were popular. Somehow, it just works for me.
What has been your greatest success?
Well, I think the question should be more along the lines of “what’s the biggest dose of luck you’ve had?”, as I’ve just been incredibly fortunate with all the wonderful opportunities that have fallen into my lap. I’m very thrilled to have Heath Ceramics stocking my things, and I’m thrilled at all the wonderful media coverage Skinny laMinx has got. Right now though, I think my biggest dose of luck is to have found the perfect person to help me run Skinny laMinx, as it was starting to become too much for me to handle.
Have you got any advice for someone wanting to break into the business?
Really, as I’ve just stumbled my way along with no planning, foresight or vision, I’m not sure I’d be a good dispenser of advice. However, I do think that hard work, friendliness and generosity counts for a lot. Keeping a blog on which you record your work, inspiration and thoughts is also a valuable thing to do. It’s useful on a personal level, as it’s a great discipline and way of keeping track of what you’re up to, and it’s also a good insight for anyone interested in supporting your business, as it’ll give them some insight into who you are and where you’re going.