Synopses & Reviews
Fabulous Fabrics of the 50s offers up 170 striking full-colour photographs accompanied by lively text and detailed captions chronicling the bold new patterns and unprecedented colour combinations that took over American decor in the mid-twentieth century. Organized by pattern type into ten chapters, it also covers the floral prints and Hollywood-inspired satins of the 30s and the vivid tropical and nautical designs of the 40s.
"Fabulous Fabrics of the '50s )and Other Terrific Textiles of the '20s, '30s and '40s)," by Gideon Bosker, Michele Mancini and John Gramstad, gives us yet another of this publisher's definitive glimpses of the pop-culture past. Warning: Grandma's-house-flashbacks ahead. With its great images of birch-bark weaves, wafflecloth, barkcloth, pima cotton and much, much more, you will want to run your fingers over the pages but, alas, samples aren't included.
The authors are vintage textile collectors and purveyors, and they trace the evolution of the fabrics as patterns exploded accroding to the thmese and trends of the era. --Seattle Post-Intelligencer Seattle Post-Intelligencer2
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.
The classic guide to the textiles of the exuberant post-war era, when no home was complete without boomerang-pattemed drapes slung across the picture window or a cowboy-print couch in the living room. More than 170 full-colour photographs accompany lively text and detailed captions. A must-have for collectors, designers, decorators, artists, style mavens, and pop-culture bufffs. Retro heaven.
This reissue of a classic hearkens back to an era of boomerang-patterned drapes in the living room and cowboy-print couches in the den.
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.