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Pat Albeck at the FTM


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In conversation with Pat Albeck at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in
London was FANTASTIC. She is such a remarkable lady and a design
inspiration, I enjoyed every minute of the lecture from the front row. It was
a fascinating lecture and I learnt so much about life, her artistic
development and her colourful career.

I would highly recommend a visit to any of the events put on by the FTM it
is such a brilliant resource.

Lecture Series: Designing Heroines

I have just booked myself in for one these fantastic lectures coming up
at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in London later this month. I am
headed to ‘In Conversation with… Pat Albeck’.

For anyone else that is interested there are three lectures in the
Designing Heroines series:
In Conversation with… Pat Albeck
Thursday 17 May, 6.30-8pm

In Conversation with… Mary Katrantzou
Thursday 24 May, 6.30-8pm

In Conversation with… Zandra Rhodes
Thursday 31 May, 6.30-8pm

Exhibition: ‘Designing Women: Post-War British Textiles

Lucienne Day Calyx (1951)

I attended the ‘Designing Women’ exhibition at London’s Fashion and Textiles
Museum on Wednesday, it was excellent. Although quite a small exhibition
venue, the FTM has always put on some of the most interesting exhibits and
talks that I have come across since discovering it a few years ago.

Lucienne Day Apollo (Late 1950s)

"The art of textile design radically changed after World War II. Women artists
working in England in the 1950s were pivotal in this artistic revolution. The
drab days of the war were suddenly washed with the light of fresh,
progressive designs…”

Marian Mahler Mobiles (1952)

Lucienne Day Magnetic

The exhibition was very informative with fantastic lengths of original fabrics
and varying colourways, a must for any fifties fan! The exhibition was focused on
three main female designers: Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler
and three additional designers from the same period: Paule Vezelay, Mary Warren
and Mary White.

Mary White Cottage Garden

The above design (sorry about the poor quality, it was taken on my phone) is perhaps one of my favourites. I love the use of texture and the colour combinations in this particular design.

If anyone is in the area this great exhibition is on until 16 June 2012 at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in Bermondsey Street, London.


Designing Women: Post-War British Textiles
16 March 2012 - 16 June 2012

Britain was at the forefront of international textile design in the 1950s and 1960s. Three women – Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler – led this movement. ‘Designing Women’ explores these women’s pioneering role in combining art and manufacturing to change the direction of the modern design industry.
Exhibition Dates: 16 March - 16 June 2012

Designing Women: Post-War British Textiles

16 March 2012 - 16 June 2012

Britain was at the forefront of international textile design in the 1950s and 1960s. Three women – Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marian Mahler – led this movement. ‘Designing Women’ explores these women’s pioneering role in combining art and manufacturing to change the direction of the modern design industry.

Exhibition Dates: 16 March - 16 June 2012