Fashion & Textiles: Picasso to Warhol

Most of the time we look back at the 1940s-50s with a black and white picture but the ‘Picasso to Warhol’ exhibition has a extraordinary resemblance to ‘Pleasantville’ (1998 suburban film set in the 1950s), where the picture comes to life and spreads across the screen with colour.

The Fashion and Textile Museum in London, holds a delightful display of colourful printed textile garments. Designed by some of the greatest artist in history; Salvador Dali, Henri Moore, Picasso and Andy Warhol. The exhibition follows the British textile industry which collaborated with artists and fashion designers from the 1940s to the 1960s.


The main manufactures producing these garments at the time were Horrockses, Crewdson & Company Ltd. They commissioned a number of artists to design prints for their garments. Two of the main art movements during this period was ‘Surrealism’ and ‘Pop Art’. Both of which where used as art work printed onto dresses.


These dresses soon became a popular trend amongst the general public, celebrities and the Royal Family.  Princess Marget and Prima Ballerina (Margot Fonteyn) soon became acquainted with the cotton printed tea dresses, embodying elegance and the creative spirit of the time.


Exhibition: Until the 17th May @ Fashion & Textiles Museum

Photos by: Daniella Christina

Written by: Daniella Christina