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The Printed Square

Vintage Handkerchief Patterns for Fashion and Design

Nicky Albrechtsen

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A rich source of inspiration for collectors of printed textiles, fashion lovers and designers, and a visual feast for anyone with a love for patterns

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Vintage handkerchiefs have been an unsung source of inspiration for many of the world’s most exciting brands. This volume written by vintage clothing and textiles experts, is not just for the collector but is accessible to anyone with a passion for pattern.

Over 200 beautifully designed handkerchiefs have been selected to reflect the magnificent array of printed designs that emerged between the 1920s and 1950s, a particularly innovative period in handkerchief design that produced small squares exploding with colour and pattern. The book comes complete with a short history of the subject, an analysis of the fabrics used, a detailing of the design characteristics of each decade, information on where to find and collect, and advice on conservation, storage and use.

Organized for inspiration into 11 sections by colour, this is a fresh and covetable volume targeted at fashion professionals, designers, or a new young generation in search of old chic in new chic forms.

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'A charming little sourcebook … a perfectly bitesized read about a unique and iconic piece of fashion history'

'A rich source of information for pattern lovers, vintage aficionados or anyone who is fondof textiles … a worthy companion for anyone who loves vintage, and a good hanky at that'
Irish Tatler

Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 20.0 x 20.0 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 240

Publication date: 20 February 2012

ISBN: 9780500516096

Contents List

Introduction • Designs of the Decades 1. Red 2. Orange 3. Yellow 4. Green 5. Azure 6. Blue 7. Pink 8. Purple 9. Beige 10. Brown 11. Black and white

About the Author

Nicky Albrechtsen is the proprietor of the Vintage Resource Studio in Brick Lane, London, which provides costumes and props to the theatre and media.

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