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Dress fabric - Tropic

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:

    T.192-1988

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Born in Trinidad and trained in London, Althea McNish was quickly taken up by the thriving British textile industry in the late 1950s. She had a successful career as a freelance designer to companies such as Heal Fabrics, Ascher, Hull Traders, Liberty and Edinburgh Weavers before working on hand-painted textile hangings. Her designs are characterised by a vibrant choice of colour and free, painterly arrangements.

Physical description

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

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1959 (designed)

Artist/maker

McNish, Althea (designer)
Ascher Ltd (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed silk

Dimensions

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

Materials

Silk

Techniques

Printing

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Textiles; Fashion; Clothing

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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