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Furnishing fabric - Isabella


  • Object:

    Furnishing fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    2000 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Birtwell, Celia CBE, born 1941 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed 100% cotton twill

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Celia Birtwell

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The internationally acclaimed textile designer Celia Birtwell has been described as a '60s textile print icon'. In 1966 she collaborated with Ossie Clark on a fashion collection for Quorum boutique in London. Their continued work together produced a style that has become inextricably linked with the Swinging Sixties culture. In 1984, she opened her own shop in London's Bayswater, where she diversified into furnishing fabrics.

Birtwell continues to play an important role in the British Fashion industry, as demonstrated through her highly successful collaborations with Topshop.

Physical description

Printed blue, black and red on white cotton twill depicting a woman sitting in a curtained and garlanded theatre box

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


2000 (designed)


Birtwell, Celia CBE, born 1941 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed 100% cotton twill


Length: 300 cm, Width: 137 cm, Length: 42 cm repeat

Descriptive line

Furnishing fabric, 'Isabella', designed by Celia Birtwell, British, 2000. Cotton twill.


Cotton twill



Subjects depicted

Chair; Arches; Theatre; Flowers; Pillars; Garlands; Women


Textiles; Interiors


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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