Styled by Design

3 Oct 2017 – 7 Oct 2017

Event times

10am - 6.30pm

Gallery 8

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • The following buses also run along Piccadilly past the top end of Duke Street: 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38.
  • Short walk from Green Park and Piccadilly Circus tube stations.

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Styled by Design, a new exhibition of framed 20th Century textiles, will reveal a varied collection of rare and limited edition printed textiles imagined by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, William Scott, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, John Piper, Zandra Rhodes and many more in London this October.


Diverse fabrics such as silk, rayon, woven wool and cotton provided a new medium for Modern artists, allowing them to experiment with producing vivid textures and colours that brought both new life and a new audience to their work. In Styled by Design, visitors will be able to compare Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson’s 1940s silkscreen designs for Ascher Ltd, which hold the same subtle delicate beauty as any watercolour, with Alan Reynolds and William Scott’s bold 1950s and 60s jacquard woven cotton designs for Edinburgh Weavers that carry all the intensity of rich oil paintings. These dynamic textiles were only ever produced in short runs or limited editions and are much sought after by collectors.

From the mid-20th Century onwards, these eminent artists worked with influential textile manufacturers to produce exclusive and limited edition textiles with the aim of bringing Contemporary art into the home as never before. Ascher Ltd and Edinburgh Weavers developed these artistic partnerships to bring their businesses in a new dynamic direction. Textile powerhouses such as Arthur Sanderson and David Whitehead swiftly followed and captured the public and media’s attention in an innovative, multi-disciplinary fashion, leaving a legacy that holds significance to the fine art and textile industries to this day.

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