All images above represent 18th century designs for woven silks included in the Leman Album,
owned by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Maybe "Happy Chic" is not such a contemporary concept. A peek inside the V & A's Leman Album proves that bright colors and joyful patterns were big in the 18th century too. Acquired by the V & A in 1991, the delicate book is filled with 300-year old watercolor renderings of James Leman's designs for fine woven silk. Eventually, the Museum hopes to share the entire album online using digital technology. Wouldn't that be great? In the meantime, use the links within this post for more images, details about the designs shown here, and information on weaver/designer Leman.