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Dress fabric

Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Manchester (made)

  • Date:

    1932 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Calico Printers' Association (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen-printed georgette

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Manchester Design Registry

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This georgette dress fabric is printed with a repeat of flowers and leaves in yellow, ochre, brown and eau-de-nil, on a white 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 georgette printed with a repeat of large stylised flowers and leaves in yellow, ochre, brown and Eau-de-Nil, on a white background.

Place of Origin

Manchester (made)


1932 (made)


Calico Printers' Association (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Screen-printed georgette


Length: 21 in, Width: 33 in

Descriptive line

Dress fabric of printed cotton voile, Calico Printers' Association, Manchester, 1932.

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

Webb & Bower / Michael Joseph, Thirties Floral Fabrics, V&A Colour Books




Screen printing


Fashion; Textiles; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Mass produced


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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