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Dress fabric

Dress fabric

  • Place of origin:

    Lyon (made)

  • Date:

    1936 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    François Ducharne (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen-printed silk crêpe

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Manchester Design Registry

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silk crepe dress fabric is printed with a repeat of flowers and leaves in white, red, green and mauve, on a black 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 silk crêpe printed with a repeat of flowers and leaves in white, red, green and mauve on a black background.

Place of Origin

Lyon (made)


1936 (made)


François Ducharne (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Screen-printed silk crêpe

Object history note

Registered File number 1974/3231.
Registration number 368299.

Descriptive line

Dress fabric of screen-printed silk crêpe, made by François Ducharne, Lyon, 1936

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


Silk crêpe


Screen printed


Fashion; Textiles; Clothing

Production Type

Mass produced


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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