Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Jacqueline Groag at the Fashion and Textile Museum

23rd October – 20th December


Jacqueline Groag was probably the most influential textile designer in Britain in the post WWII era and the FTM is pleased to be showcasing a small selection of her work from October until December 2009.

Originally Czech, Groag studied textile and pattern design in Austria and during the late twenties and early thirties designed textiles for the Wiener Werkstatte in Vienna. However, she and her husband were forced to flee to London in 1939 by the political situation in Europe. This didn’t stop her work and throughout the forties she was the leading designer of textiles in Britain and much of the contemporary style of the textiles and wallpapers shown at the 1951 Festival of Britain were heavily indebted to her influential designs of the previous decade.

Her work and influence included large corporations and exclusive couturiers but was familiar to the general public through stores and companies such as John Lewis, Liberty of London, David Whitehead, Edinburgh Weavers, Sandersons, Warerite and Formica.

Jacqueline Groag died in London in 1986 at the age of 83 and this small but insightful display provides a glimpse into the work of someone who was incredibly influential in shaping post-war design and is accompanied by a book Jacqueline Groag, Textile & Pattern Design; Wiener Werkstatte to American Modern. There will be a booking signing by the authors on Thursday 29th October.

Authors of the book, Geoffrey Rayner, Richard Chamberlain, and Annamarie Stapleton will be discussing the life and work of this talented and influential designer, the historical context in which she worked and the milieu of modern design of the era.

Saturday 5th December / 2 - 4pm

The Jacqueline Groag display is staged by the Fashion and Textile Museum

Exhibition opening times are 11.00am-6.00pm Wednesday to Sunday. Last admission 5.15pm
For further information about the FTM and its activities visit www.ftmlondon.org

Image reproduced from ‘Jacqueline Groag’ published by ACC Publishing Group