Style Court

Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


The Tilletts' Take: Queen Anne's Lace

[Click to see full view. Shown, a detail: Hand-screen-printed cotton,  Queen Anne's Lace, circa 1950, 
by D.D. and Leslie Tillett © Philadelphia Museum of Art.] 

Back in the spring I linked to the Philadelphia Museum of Art's exhibition, Secret Garden. It's a small but bold show comprised of three contemporary fiber sculptures along with a collection of vintage hand-printed textiles. And it ends August 26.

One of the older cottons included in the show is the airy American classic by D.D and Leslie Tillett, Queen Anne's Lace. While a variety of pieces by the designing couple are in the Museum's permanent collection, this example may be the best known in design circles; according to the PMoA, the floral screenprint was in production for over thirty years.

Here you can see a close-up of different Tillett blossoms Parish-Hadley used in JBK's White House bedroom. For much more Tillett -- updates on the future retrospective exhibition and related events -- visit the Museum of the City of New York or check out The Met''s holdings of Doris (D.D) Tillett's wotk.

Update 8.18.12: Virtually visit Secret Garden via the PMoA's Flickr page.


Dean Farris said...

Great stuff! I know that Albert always enjoyed working with the Tillets. Your post is beautiful too!


Style Court said...

Thanks so much, Dean! I just added a link to the Met's collection of Tillett.