A retrospective of textile designs of the 1950s and 1960s

Former designer Rosemary Sassoon tells of the styles and techniques used to create the designs of the 1950s and 1960s in Designing Textiles in the Mid-Twentieth Century

‘Enormously revealing about the lives of practicing designers and the process of design.’ 

Christopher Marsden, Senior Archivist at the V&A Museum

Designing Textiles in the Mid-Twentieth Century tells of the styles and techniques used to create the designs of the 1950s and 1960s. In today’s age of computers, modern-day designers will find it hard to believe how time-consuming techniques used in these decades were. 

Designs in the first part of the book come from Rosemary’s early work, around 65 years ago. The remains of her freelance collection, shown later in the book, show the progression in her career and a freer style of design. The work Rosemary showcases from the early 60s show a turning point in fashion and design. At that time, she was working for local firms and used this opportunity to help modernise the most popular designs and the way they were marketed in annual collections. Rosemary also undertook some interesting commissions, including one from London Underground. She has since written at least 30 books on multiple subjects, including letterforms and design, through to handwriting at various levels. Rosemary’s designs are now kept at The Archive of Art and Design in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Rosemary Sassoon started her career in textiles, then moved into various types of letterforms. She has produced many other resources, from letterforms and design to handwriting. Rosemary also wrote Fruit: Grow, cook and preserve your own , published by The Book Guild. Review copies of  Designing Textiles in the Mid-Twentieth Century  are now available on request.

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