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Dress fabric
  • Dress fabric
    Moore, Henry Spencer, born 1898 - died 1986
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Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1945-1946 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Moore, Henry Spencer, born 1898 - died 1986 (designer)
    Ascher Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen printed rayon

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Zika Ascher

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This print was designed by the British artist Henry Moore (1898-1986) for the textile firm Ascher Limited in 1945. Along with other British and European artists, Moore was asked by Ascher to design prints for dress fabrics and scarves in order to create more exicting textiles than those available during the Second World War. Moore's patterns were actually linear images taken from his sketchbooks.

Ascher Limited was founded by Zika and Lida Ascher in 1942. Along with Alastair Morton of Edinburgh Weavers, Ascher began the practice of working with aritsts in 1944 to produce innovative textile designs. Dress fabrics from Ascher were very popular with French, British and Italian couturiers in the 1940s, including Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli.

Physical description

Screen printed rayon, image of four standing figures and one reclining figure.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1945-1946 (made)


Moore, Henry Spencer, born 1898 - died 1986 (designer)
Ascher Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Screen printed rayon

Marks and inscriptions



Length: 185 cm, Width: 420 cm

Descriptive line

Dress fabric of printed cotton, designed by Henry Spencer Moore for Ascher Ltd., London, 1945-1946




Screen printed


Textiles; Clothing; Fashion

Production Type

Mass produced


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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