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Jan 31 - May 17

Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, , SE1 3XF, UK
  • Three from the group of four screen-printed rayon headsquares designed by Marcel Vertes for Wesley Simpson Custom Fabrics Inc., circa 1944

  • “Artist textiles: Picasso to Warhol” exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London

  • “Artist textiles: Picasso to Warhol” exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London


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“Artist textiles: Picasso to Warhol” exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London

The Fashion and Textile Museum in London recently inaugurated it latest exhibition, entitled “Artist textiles: Picasso to Warhol”, which focuses on the relationship between art and textile design in the 20th century. The exhibition features more than 200 rare pieces, many of which haven’t been on public view before, from artists of the likes of Salvador Dalí, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Georges Braque, Sonia Delaunay, Raoul Dufy, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson and Andy Warhol. From the very first collection of art inspired textiles by Fuller Fabrics to Henri Matisse’s silk Ascher scarves and Salvador Dali’s designs for Wesley Simpson, the exhibition features examples of Fauvism, Cubism, Constructivism, Abstraction, Surrealism or Pop Art and serves as a proof that fashion’s fascination with art is not such a recent thing after all.

“This exhibition allows a remarkable glimpse of how ordinary people were once able to directly engage in a personal and intimate way with high modern art through their everyday clothing and the furnishings of their home,” said curators Geoff Rayner and Richard Chamberlain to Harper’s Bazaar. Among the most valuable pieces on view is a series of Andy Warhol scarves, featuring a pattern of blue butterflies, which were found in the attic of a family of New York decorators. “The Warhol pieces are extremely rare due to them having been lost for so many years and only recently having been discovered” explained Richard Chamberlain to Daily Mail. “Warhol was already engaged with graphic design, so textile design was another string to his bow. Whether it was a record cover for the RCA or a textile for Fuller fabrics, Warhol was always willing to satisfy any paying customer.” The exhibition is an excellent chance for the broader public to discover the origins of the love affair between art and fashion and to understand the inspiration behind the latest fashion trends. “Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol” will be on view until May 17th, 2014, at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London