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Women in Design (World of Art)

Anne Massey


A history of women designers and consumers from 1900 to the present day

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Throughout the history of design, women have been overlooked or overshadowed, their work frequently sidelined or credited to their male peers. Women in Design offers a comprehensive introduction to women’s legacies in the fields of architecture, craft, fashion, furniture, interior, product, textile and graphic design, and a vital corrective to male-centric histories of design.

Leading design writer and historian Anne Massey considers the struggle for design education and employment, the early prevalence of women ‘behind the scenes’, the rise of women-led fields such as interior design and the design activism of the late twentieth century, drawing together the work of women designers from May Morris to Elsa Schiaparelli, Anni Albers to Zaha Hadid. With over 150 images across seven chapters, Women in Design is an important, accessible contribution to the history of design from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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'This most timely overview will be welcomed by students and readers wanting to find out more about this seemingly never-ending story of visibility and invisibility in the world of design'
Professor Pat Kirkham, Kingston University, UK

'Satisfying ... [Includes] brief but fascinating glimpses of an international roster of pioneering women in many fields'
Interior Design

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 200 pp

Illustrations: 152

Publication date: 13 October 2022

ISBN: 9780500204825

Contents List

1. Shifting Barriers
2. Behind the Scenes
3. Pioneers of Modern Design
4. Decorating Women
5. Partners in Design
6. Brand New Women
7. Design Activism

About the Author

Anne Massey has written extensively on the history of art and design, and her books include The Independent Group: Modernism and Mass Culture in Britain, 1945–59 (1996); Hollywood Beyond the Screen: Design and Material Culture (2000); Chair (2011); ICA 1946–68 (2014); Dorothy Morland: Making ICA History (2020) and Designing Liners: Interior Design Afloat (2021). Her co-edited books include Pop Art and Design (2017) and Design History & Time: New Temporalities in a Digital Age (2019). She also edited The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Design (Since 1945) (2019) and is the author of Interior Design Since 1900 in the World of Art series.

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