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Fabulous Fabrics of the 50s: And Other Terrific Textiles of the 20s, 30s, and 40sby Gideon Bosker
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In this nostalgia-packed celebration of fabric design during its riotous mid-century years, over 170 striking full-color photographs accompanied by a lively text and detailed captions document the bold new patterns and unprecedented color combinations that had taken over American home decor. After the war, designs based on science and fantasy proliferated, and no home was complete without boomerang-patterned drapes at the windows or a cowboy-print couch in the den. Organized by pattern type into ten chapters, Fabulous Fabrics also covers the floral prints and Hollywood inspired satins of the 30s and the vivid tropical and nautical designs of the 40s. Today, these fabrics are hot collector's items appreciated for their kitschy optimism and their bright evocation of a more innocent era. A must have resource for designers, interior decorators, artists, architects, and pop-culture buffs, Fabulous Fabrics of the 50s is the ultimate tribute to the exuberant spirit of the century's most innovative textiles.
Now reissued with a striking new cover, Fabulous Fabrics of the 50s is the classic guide to the textiles of the exuberant post-war era, a time when bold new patterns and unprecedented color combinations revitalized dcor. Designs based on science and fantasy proliferated; no home was complete without boomerang-patterned drapes slung across the picture window or a cowboy-print couch in the living room. In this nostalgia-packed celebration of textile design, more than 170 full-color photographs accompany lively text and detailed captions highlighting the playful patterns of the 50s. Their genesis is revealed in equally fabulous fabrics from earlier eras, such as jaunty nautical designs from the 40s, over-blown florals of the 30s, and the deco-inspired prints of the 20s. A must-have resource book for collectors, designers, decorators, artists, style mavens, and pop-culture buffs, Fabulous Fabrics of the 50s is a chic and colorful tribute to a fascinating era in textile design.
About the Author
Gideon Bosker is an award-winning author, photographer, travel writer, and pop culture connoisseur. He has collaborated on numerous books, including Highballs High Heels (0-8118-3017-9) and Beaches (0-8118-2650-3).
Michele Mancini is a well-known designer and purveyor of vintage fabrics. She and her work have been featured in articles in Metropolitan Home, HG, Elle, and the New York Times.
John Gramstad is a textile collector who lives in Portland, Oregon. He sells his fabrics all over the world.
Bruce Beaton is a freelance photographer who lives in Portland, Oregon.
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