Hand woven dress silk c.1780

31 Jul 2015 |

After the death of Louis XIV in 1715, dress became simpler during the 18th century. The outline of gentlemen’s coats became tighter fitting above the waist and flared out over the hips whilst feminine dress always included the corset, trimmed […]

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Empire: a style of change

03 Jul 2015 |

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, the BBC has produced a series of television and radio programmes that challenge well-held views on Napoleon, his strategies and the legacies left. One such legacy of this tumultuous and […]

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Marion Dorn and Warner & Sons

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A Place of Creative Exchange

14 Jan 2015 |

by Cathy MacTaggart In 2013 I spent some time volunteering at the Warner Textile Archive, and found I met lots of people with a wide variety of skills. At the time I was working on the penultimate module of my […]

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In Review – Selling Silks: A Merchant’s Sample Book (1764)

08 Dec 2014 |

by Lesley Ellis Miller V&A Publishing, 2014 In 1972, Warner & Sons sold a selection of items from its business archive through Christie’s, and donated a special collection to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Selected by Nathalie Rothstein, among the […]

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26 Sep 2014 |

This week sees the first National Thinking of You Week. There’s no specific event or occasion in mind, the aim is simply to highlight the joy and emotional power of sending a beautiful, hand-written greeting card, while creating a wave […]

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Did you see us with Janet?

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Summer Belles – the [common] thread #3

21 Sep 2014 |

Summer Belles is an eye-catching hand-painted paper design, communicating the social freedom that many began to experience in the 1970s.

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Birds – the [common] thread #2

11 Aug 2014 |

It’s another take on an avian species for this month’s [common] thread, but birds are an ever popular choice for a motif and Marion Dorn’s are just fabulous.

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31 Jul 2014 |

In Old English, clout was a word used for patch; it later came to mean rag or fragment: ‘Ne’er cast a clout ’till May be out’ i.e. don’t discard you winter clothes until the end of May…or until the end of July, […]

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