pillow from Pieces
It is amazing how some patterns endure for decades or even centuries. At the end of June I posted the pillow above because I loved the modern interpretation of the age-old Tree of Life pattern done in chocolate and white. Then last night, while I was looking at this vintage design book, Billy Baldwin Decorates circa 1976, I realized the fabric originates with the legendary decorator.
BTW, the book Billy Baldwin Decorates is supposed to be reissued next month by Rizzoli
This handblocked fabric below from Lee Jofa is based on 18th century Indian palampores, which featured the Tree of Life. English designer Harry Wearne created it in the 1920's, and 316 blocks are used to print the pattern with an enormous repeat of 99 inches.
Above Anna Sui designs inspired by 18th century style and the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collections of 18th-century Indian palampores. Sui's clothes featured the pleats, ruffles and embroideries of the Rococo period, mixed with touches of Jimi Hendrix and Brian Jones for rock star glamour.