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Dress fabric - Tropic


  • Object:

    Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1959 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McNish, Althea (designer)
    Ascher Ltd (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Zika Ascher

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In post war Europe couturiers used novel lightweight mixes of wool, mohair and nylon for winter coats and dresses. They favoured screen-printed rayons and silks for summer day wear and shot organza for cocktail and evening dresses.

These different colourways of the same textile are from the archive of Zika Ascher, an innovative textile manufacturer who based himself in London after the annexation of Czechoslovakia. His wife designed textiles and their company became incorporated in 1942 (Ascher Ltd). Ascher developed a range of different fabrics for use at the top end of the market. Althea McNish....

Physical description

Swatch holding printed silk dress fabric samples in five different colourways.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1959 (designed)


McNish, Althea (designer)
Ascher Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed silk


Length: 96 cm samples, Width: 93 cm samples

Descriptive line

Dress fabric 'Tropic' sample swatch of printed silk, designed by Althea McNish, made by Ascher Ltd., Great Britain, 1959





Subjects depicted



Textiles; Fashion; Clothing


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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