If you were interested in the Ascher pop up studio we featured earlier in the year, this new book on Scarves by Nicky Albrechtsen and Fola Solanke should provide plenty of fashionable inspiration.
Published by Thames and Hudson, the book looks at 250 examples of women's scarves designed and produced over the course of the twentieth-century, especially when scarves reached the height of their popularity in the Forties and Sixties. The 304 page book contains pieces by huge fashion names ranging from Paul Poiret and Elsa Schiaparelli to Gucci, Zandra Rhodes and Hermes. Through its colourful photographs, the illustrates a slightly different take on fashion in the last century.
The book is currently on sale for £19.75 from Amazon.
London's Brompton Road is having a series of interesting pop-up events at the moment. As well as the Skandium sale shop earlier this month, it's now hosting the Ascher Studio pop-up display.
Zika Ascher is well known for his role in the fabric industry in the twentieth century, providing fabric for everyone from Dior to Mary Quant. He's especially celebrated for the 'Artists Squares' series, when from the mid-Forties to the mid-Fifties he invited 51 artists such as Henry Moore, Picasso and Barbara Hepworth to design scarves – with the aim that contemporary art would in turn inspire innovative textile design.
A reissue being sold to accompany the current Henry Moore exhibition at Tate Modern, these cushion covers use textile designs Moore did in the 1940s.
Although the artist is famous for his sculptural works he did also produce textile designs, first for Zika Ascher from 1943 onwards and then for David Whitehead Fabrics after the Festival of Britain. The two textiles available, Wings and Ovals or Half Figures, were both designs produced for Ascher in about 1947.
The patterns are printed onto 100% cotton cushion covers, which sell without their pads. They cost £15 each.
Buy them from the Tate shop