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Designing Britain 1945 - 1975 > Fabrics Forming Society
 
INTRODUCTION

The module presents a rich landscape of images and texts that is intended to stimulate investigation by teachers and learners. It is structured as an image database comprising sources relating to textile design and dress in Britain from the 1940s to the 1960s. Although it has been designed for the BA degree Level One student, researchers of fashion studies, textiles and costume, at all levels, should find it a rich and varied source of visual and written information. Moreover, the images may suggest research pathways to students and scholars from a broader range of subject fields, for example, those working in the disciplines of fashion illustration, photography, graphics, and art and design education.

The module is divided into two time periods. The first section entitled Utility/Austerity covers the late 1940s and early 1950s, the second, Reconstruction/Materialism, the late 1950s and 1960s. Within these periods the content is arranged under four headings, Knitting Patterns, Sewing Patterns, Textile Design and Dresses. The module can be explored thematically across these time and subject-based classifications, by using the Keyword Search option. Keywords are indicated beneath each image and elaborated on in the Keywords section.The Glossary lists fabrics and materials used in knitting, sewing and furnishing throughout the periods considered in this module.

Throughout the module visual resources are followed by a bibliography of selected texts for related study. Additionally, at the end of the module an extensive Research Base comprising primary and secondary source reading and references will help the student to develop further their particular area of study. It includes recommended books, specific chapters in books, magazines and journals.

For those researchers prepared to travel and access primary sources, archives and museums are noted. Suggested websites are also detailed.

COLLECTIONS
The Arts Institute @ Bournemouth and The Design History Research Centre Archives, University of Brighton.

This module presents primary sources from two design-based collections: the Design Collection at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth and the Design Council Archive, held at the Design History Research Centre Archives, at the University of Brighton.

The module incorporates images of sewing and knitting patterns, part of a large collection located within the Design Collection, Bournemouth, which were either sold in shops or provided free in newspapers and magazines during the 1940s, 1950s, and the 1960s.
 
AIAB Peaked cap
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AIAB STITCHCRAFT magazine December 1962
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FFS00775 AIAB Peaked cap FFS00714 AIAB STITCHCRAFT magazine December 1962
 
The Design Collection at Bournemouth has also acquired a holding of dresses dating from the 1940s to the 1960s, many of them homemade, some ready-to-wear and shop bought.
 
AIAB 1950s Homemade cotton summer dress
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AIAB 1950s Horrockses Fashions dress
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FFS00575 AIAB 1950s Homemade cotton summer dress FFS00577 AIAB 1950s Horrockses Fashions dress
 
Part of the collection shown is of swatches and samples of textile designs, buttons and buckles.
 
AIAB Utility Fabric
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AIAB Buttons and buckles
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FFS00596 AIAB Utility Fabric FFS00608 AIAB Buttons and buckles
 
Photographic images of textile design throughout the 1950s and the 1960s, selected from the Design History Research Centre Archives, the University of Brighton, provide further contextual reference.
 
CoID Lucienne Day
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CoID Marian Mahler
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FFS00271 CoID Lucienne Day FFS00269 CoID Marian Mahler
 
We hope you enjoy exploring this module. Please email your comments to:
suziejhotty@yahoo.co.uk

Acknowledgements:
Photography Ronnie Inglis - Arts Institute @ Bournemouth
Photography Fiona MacLaren - Arts Institute @ Bournemouth
McColl, Butterick & Vogue Co Ltd., Havant Hampshire
 
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