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Dress fabric - Map of Paris

Map of Paris

  • Object:

    Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    New York, United States (made)

  • Date:

    1927 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Barton, Ralph (designer)
    Stehli Silks Corporation (textile manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed silk crêpe de Chine

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Stehli Silks Corporation

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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The Paris Exhibition of decorative arts of 1925 had an enormous impact on American design when it toured the USA the following year. It encouraged American designers to create furniture and interiors in the modern style. One example is this printed silk dress fabric called ‘Map of Paris’ by Ralph Barton. It was part of the ‘Americana’ range of dress fabrics which the Stehli Silks Corporation commissioned from leading artists in 1927. To make a change from ubiquitous floral patterns, these fabrics were designed specifically to depict contemporary American life.

This bird’s-eye view of Paris is similar to ‘Plan de Paris’, a dress fabric by Pierre Dumas of Ateliers A. G. B., France. This was featured in the catalogue of the Paris Exhibition of 1925, plate XXVIII.

Physical description

Idiosyncratically drawn map of Paris showing a bird's-eye view of the streets and principal buildings and monuments in grey, blue and green on a white ground.

Place of Origin

New York, United States (made)


1927 (made)


Barton, Ralph (designer)
Stehli Silks Corporation (textile manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed silk crêpe de Chine


Length: 58.5 cm, Width: 49.5 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1929/8683.

Descriptive line

Printed silk crêpe de Chine with Paris map, USA, 1927.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Samuels, Charlotte. Art Deco Textiles. London : V&A Publications, 2003. Plate 63.


Silk crepe



Subjects depicted

Paris; Maps


Textiles; Fashion

Collection code


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