Friday, June 24, 2011

Barbara Brown's Blue Panel

Feel like I am tumbling, very contentedly, head over heels down Alice's rabbit hole, into a deep, lush world of textiles.

My Alice isn't wearing her traditional blue and white, though; she's dressed in this gorgeous vintage cloth designed by Barbara Brown in 1955 for the London company Heal's, which has been operating since 1810(!)

Although my Alice's fabric was designed a few decades later, it would fit into the Charleston/Bloomsbury vibe of the early 1900s seamlessly:

 "Paint me," this fabric says.  And Vanessa Bell would, I'll bet.

Here's the fabric in another colorway.  Both are available through Esther Fitzgerald Rare Textiles, which I discovered, to my delight, this rainy evening.


materfamilias said...

Oh my, oh my, oh my, what you bring us! Your blend of erudition and aesthetic eye (not to mention the puns) -- delightful.
and I'm marvelling at the different mood the two colourways impart to the same print . . .

Belle de Ville said...

Those are lovely vintage fabrics.

Last night I watched the film "The Wings of the Dove" and Charlotte Rampling wears the most wonderful Art Nouveau outfits with striking colors and patterns. The Costumes were created by Sandy Powell who also created the costumes for "The Young Victoria", "Aviator" and "Orlando".
The film is OK but the costumes are magnificent. You should watch it.

Miss Cavendish said...

Oh, Belle, I teach that glorious film every second year! I can barely follow the plot, so in thrall am I to Charlotte Rampling's exquisite clothes. Love, love, love it.

Mater, thank you so much for your kind words! I've actually put in an email to Ms. Fitzgerald for a price list ;-)