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Dress fabric

Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1937 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen-printed silk and rayon satin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silk and rayon satin dress fabric is printed with a repeat of flowers and leaves in white, pink, fushia, lavender, blue, yellow and black. 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 silk and rayon satin screen-printed with a repeat of flowers and leaves in white, pink, fushia, lavender, blue, yellow and black.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1937 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Screen-printed silk and rayon satin

Descriptive line

Dress fabric of screen-printed silk and rayon satin, France, 1937

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

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


Silk; Satin


Screen printing


Textiles; Fashion; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Mass produced


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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