on 24 December 2010
What I wanted was a selection of patterns that gave a flavour of the Fities - and this little book amply provided that. The small amount of text is relevant and informative; there are over 60 colour reproductions of textile and fabric designs in the book itself and 70 patterns on the CD which comes with the book - some of them repeats of the ones in the book.
The CD should open in most image software.
While you are invited to use the images as inspiration and a resource,you are also asked to respect the V&A's intellectual property. Whilst permission should be sought for commercial use, the museum's commitment to design means that "securing permissions should be reasonable and quick".
As an initial dip into Fifties patterns, I think this is really excellent value. The short bibliography looks helpful.
on 1 February 2014
A pocket guide to the 1950s. A real little gem, clear whole page prints to make you go OO! for myself it was nostalgic, but for anyone it is a real slice of grandma's house. I could feel the itchy uncut mochete sofa as I flicked through the pages and touch the crisp cotton of the Horrocks' dresses my mother wore. Liberties, Heals and many more. Wonderful and the CD is very useful too.
on 13 June 2011
Whe I purchased this book I assumed it was going to be more substantial than a teeny weeny pocket book BUT this is a good little book! It is a good one for an introductory taster on 50s fabrics and for referencing specific designs with their designers and dates etc, but its not the only book you'll want to look at if you're serious about Mid-Century surface design. The main reason for this is that even though it covers some absolute classics that '50s fans will already know well, it is more of a modest catalogue of designs and it doesnt go in to any real detail on the subject. Its a good one to have in your collection, and you cant go wrong with a V&A publication, although I do hope they do a more in-depth version on the subject (or perhaps they have and I havnt seen it yet?)