From Library Journal
This exhaustive 1991 catalog of designs features 1,823 color illustrations. Patterns are divided into floral, geometric, conversational, and ethnic and by movements and period styles. A nice extra is a table of contents and a brief introduction presented in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese in addition to English. As LJ's reviewer initially observed, "this book is a colorful confection, but it is also a thoughtful and informative analysis of the artistic choices that are subconscious interpretations of the moods, longings, and aspirations of humankind."
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is a staggering achievement in organization and will undoubtedly become the bible of textile design for the foreseeable future." -- Copeley News Service, October 16, 1991
will precipitate a contagious case of browser euphoria." -- Peter Hellman,Metropolitan Home Magazine, December 1991
"A physical joy both to hold and to behold." -- Colleen Babington, Art and Auction Magazine, November 1991
"For professionals and self-professed fabric freaks, this book is an unlimited supply of chocolate truffles and a day at Disneyland rolled into one." -- Harriet Swift, Oakland Tribune, October 19, 1991
"Open this volume to any page and prepare to lose yourself in a dizzying array of patterns.....In addition to the book's visual splendor, its text is refreshingly intelligent, informed and witty." -- Robert Kushner, Art in America Magazine, May 1993
"The book is organised not chronologically, but by motif, which adds greatly to the fun...The categories are deliciously specific. Celestials, confetti, coral and sea-weed, circuses, clowns and crescents are followed, a hundred or so pages later, by trees, trimmings, trompe-l'oeil and trophies. Without looking at the captions it is sometimes impossible to decide whether a print is from the 1850s or the 1950s; the book could easily turn into a rarified guessing-game." -- Sarah Howell,The World of Interiors, October 1991
"This wonderful book is a little bit like being let loose unsupervised in the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum." -- NY Times, December 19, 1991Textile Designs
is a dazzling, informative fabric encyclopedia of archival beauty. It is a necessary tool for the fashion industry, schools, and libraries." -- Margaret Mazzaraco,WWD, October 8, 1991
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.