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International Arts and Crafts: Textiles and Fashion Study Day

An exploration of the design and creation process of textile and dress within the traditions of Arts and Crafts.

This study day will explore the design and creation processes of textile and dress, working within the traditions of the Arts and Crafts Movement, from its foundations in the 1880s up until the present day.

As textiles provided much needed colour, texture and pattern for the totally designed Arts and Crafts interior, an enormous revival of interest in all aspects of textile design and manufacture followed. British arts and craft influenced work throughout Europe, America and Japan with each country developing their own local styles and techniques. New fashion also evolved from the movement, often both worn and designed by its followers. Many European countries devised national dress based on regional styles, while at the same time designers in Glasgow and in Vienna created more forward-looking and original clothing.

The day will focus on the origins of the international movement and many of its most original and influential exponents.

The event will be chaired by Lou Taylor, Professor of Dress and Textile History at the University of Brighton and Linda Parry, Deputy Keeper, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion department V&A.
Sessions will include:

Head, Heart and Hand : A session highlighting the work of individual artists, designers and craftspeople in Britain, America, Europe and Japan from 1885 until 1914.
Linda Parry, Deputy Keeper, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department V&A.

Traditional and Techno : A look at the work of contemporary textile artists who mix traditional studio practice with technology to assess the influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement on the contemporary fashion industry.
Sue Prichard, Curator, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Department, V&A

From Stockholm to Tokyo : This lecture examines the six influential styles identified by the Movement in their search for dress that was timeless, beautiful, ‘natural’ and hand-crafted.
Lou Taylor, Professor of Dress and Textile History, University of Brighton

The Glasgow Legacy : During the period 1890 to 1914 the Glasgow School of Art was a hotbed of innovative textile design, celebrated throughout Europe. This session traces its impact on the teaching of embroidery design and technique to this day.
Liz Arthur, Honorary Research Fellow, Glasgow University

This event complements the V&A exhibition ‘International Arts and Crafts’, 17 March  24 July, sponsored by Heal's.

Full rate: £37, Concessionary rates: senior citizens, Friends and Patrons of the V&A: £31. Students, Disabled people and ES40-holders: £11. Free places: a free place can be offered to a carer accompanying a registered disabled person. The study day ticket includes admission to the exhibition on 16 July, morning coffee and afternoon tea.


Linda Parry | talks
Sue Prichard | talks
Lou Taylor | talks
Liz Arthur | talks


Date and Time:

16 July 2005 at 10:30 am


Full Day



Victoria and Albert Museum (learning)
Learning and Interpretation
The V&A Museum, Cromwell Road
+44 20 79 42 21 89

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£37, Concessions apply

Available from:

V&A Bookings Office: 0207 942 2211 or e-mail bookings.office@vam.ac.uk

Additional Information:

Please go to the V&A website - www.vam.ac.uk for further details.

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