Monday, 28 May 2012

Print Clash - British Design at the V&A

This dazzling booklet, Britain in Brussels, (Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture- JMR1177) from 1958 features an array of clashing patterns and colours. 


Britain in Brussels, drawings by Barbara Jones, London; Central Office of Information, 1958. Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, JMR1177.





The current exhibition at the V&A British Design 1948-2012 showcases 60 years of British design including many exciting patterns and prints like the ones featured here. The V&A exhibition shows that designers have constantly reacted to, and resurrected, older styles to inspire new ones. This continues today as current fashion designers have been looking to the past for ideas.  

Bold patterns and prints are big news in the fashion world, with clashing prints a major trend at Miu Miu, and Dior and Prada using retro Hawaiian shirts in both their men’s and women’s collections.

Blogs like patternbank and contemporary designers like Mary Katrantzou show that pattern is a vital part of design today. What could you make out of these retro designs?

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