Research: Marian Clayden / by Faye McNulty

Tie dyed rope piece

After finishing the second Innovation Project with the Topshop print design team at the beginning of April, myself and fellow print designer Elizabeth Clay visited the Fashion and Textiles Museum in Bermondsey for a textile nerd-out. 

We just caught the final days of Art Textiles; a retrospective of luxurious art textiles in silk, velvet, cotton and felted wool by internationally collected designer Marian Clayden. The exhibition celebrates the influence of a British-born artist who transformed psychedelic tie-dyed fabrics into a million-dollar fashion business in the United States. 

stencils used as part of the tie dye process achieved soft, beautiful motifs. 

stencils used as part of the tie dye process achieved soft, beautiful motifs. 

Tie dye is having quite the moment, having sampled it for Victoria, Victoria Beckham last year and have been exploring shibori techniques for a upcoming Couture Collection (more on this will be revealed once the show has happened).

This was a great show, demonstrating the productive and highly skilled work Clayden created. She demonstrated a high level of control on what can be a very difficult to predict process.

Another inspired curatorial programming from the museum, and very much looking forward to the upcoming Missoni exhibition opening this week. 

http://www.ftmlondon.org/