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Dress fabric

Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1935 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Calico Printers' Association (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen-printed crêpe

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Manchester Design Registry

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This crepe dress fabric is printed with a repeat of tulips and stems, in red, green, yellow and flesh-colour, on a brown background. Floral printed fabrics held a prominent place in every smart woman's wardrobe in the 1930s. Motifs floating on a plain ground worked admirably; navy, black and brown background colours were perennially in vogue. The use of floral decoration on cloth was hardly new but the flowers of the 1930s blossomed with fresh life and vigour. Detailed, naturalistic representations in the traditional manner were replaced with a freedom of line and form closely allied to contemporary movements in the fine and graphic arts.

Physical description

Dress fabric of screen-printed crêpe printed with a repeat of tulips and stems in red, green, yellow and flesh-colour on a brown background.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1935 (made)


Calico Printers' Association (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Screen-printed crêpe

Object history note

Registered File number 1974/3231.
Registration number 356910.

Descriptive line

Dress fabric of screen-printed crêpe, made by Calico Printers' Association, England, 1935

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

Thirties Floral Fabrics. Series 3 (The Victoria & Albert colour books). London : Michael Joseph, published in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1988




Screen printed


Textiles; Fashion; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Mass produced


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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