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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

2.07.2016

Flower Show

[From Alexander McQueen's spring/summer 2016 campaign photographed by David Sims; model Natalie Westling] 


Beguiled by Sarah Burton's use of florals in her spring/summer collection for Alexander McQueen? 



Remaining saccharine-free, she referenced the flower-appreciating Huguenot refugees who brought to the Spitalfields area of London their masterful silk-weaving skills and bolstered the region's existing textile industry in the late 17th century.


[Watercolour on paper, design for textile by Anna Maria Garthwaite 1741. V & A collection.]

[Watercolor on paper, design for textile by Anna Maria Garthwaite 1741. V & A collection.]

Watching the runway show, I thought of another designing woman and nature lover, Anna Maria Garthwaite. Exceptional for the era in which she lived, Garthwaite forged a path for herself in the male-dominated world of 18th-century Spitalfields textiles. (Details in this past post.)   


Also, over on Instagram, where I continue to share most of my fabric-related news, I put together a Spitalfields-themed collage of recommended resources. Specifics here.