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

    Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1946 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen-printed rayon

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

British artist and sculptor Henry Moore designed this print for the textile firm Ascher Limited, founded by Zika and Lida Ascher, Czech émigrés who moved to London in 1939. Along with other British and European artists, Moore was asked by Ascher to design prints for dress fabrics in order to create more exciting textiles than those that had been available during the Second World War.

Known as 'Eyebrows' for many years, this design's original title 'Sealife' was discovered on a tag pinned to a sample in the Ascher collection in 2006. Rather than eyebrows the black arches are in fact waves that cup squid-like amorphous shapes. The plant and animal life forms are not really identifiable, rather elements of a Surrealistic compliation in which the sea provides the medium for transformation.

Physical description

Screen-printed rayon dress fabric with a drawn design of horizontal rows of white and black abstract motifs that resemble plant and animal life forms, all on a light brown ground.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1946 (designed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Screen-printed rayon


Height: 48 cm, Width: 45.8 cm

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1992/465.

Descriptive line

Screen-printed rayon dress fabric 'Sealife', designed by Henry Moore for Ascher Ltd., London, ca. 1946






Textiles; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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