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Design: Reflections and Directions

Sykas, Philip (2018) Design: Reflections and Directions. In: Pasold Research Fund Conference 2018: Fifty years of Textile History: Cloth, Dress, Fashion, 16 November 2018 - 16 November 2018, Museum of London, UK. (Unpublished)


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It is striking that from its very first volume, Textile History contained an article about design. Thomas Stillie traced the evolution of pattern in nineteenth-century Scottish tweeds. His approach, organising a range of types into a style sequence, was conventional for its time, but the practical details, the descriptions of handle, and the sheer audacity to cover the usually overlooked design of checks, revealed the willingness of the new journal to present alternative design histories. Even with this auspicious start, I think it is fair to say that the journal had no particular remit for the subject of textile design. Instead, over the years, it has welcomed an eclectic and experimental mixture of contributions. Reviewing these, I have uncovered several research opportunities that I wish to highlight today.

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