Design History: A Students' Handbook by Hazel Conway

By Hazel Conway

Hazel Conway introduces the scholar new to the topic to assorted components of layout historical past and indicates a few of the ways that it may be studied and a few of its delights and problems. No heritage wisdom of layout heritage, artwork or structure is thought.

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Although these authors cover too wide a field, their work is meticulous and reliable, more suitable for reference than reading from cover to cover. 20 They were among the first writers to grapple with the prodigious task of describing and dissecting actual garments—a task from which many people will shrink. Stella Mary Newton and her graduates from the Courtauld Institute of Art are currently publishing and working on very detailed texts. It is being realized increasingly that the subject should be approached in a detailed and scholarly manner.

However, inventories, wills and diaries may give tantalizingly short-hand descriptions of textiles. I was dismayed to find contemporary stuffs described merely as ‘sprigg’d’ or ‘branched’. However, even in the absence of detailed recorded material, it is possible to arrive at some useful conclusions, although it is wise to express these in a guarded manner. When searching for sources of inspiration in eighteenth-century silk design it would be profitable to investigate connections between botanical drawings, herbals and textile design.

1981), Fashion Revivals from the Elizabethan Age to the Present Day (London: Batsford). , and Ribeiro, A. (1983), Catalogue for Masquerade Exhibition (London: Museum of London), p. 8. 14 Baines, op. cit, p. 123. 15 Ibid. Barbara Baines provides a thorough account of this subject, pp. 123–5. M. (1974), Health, Art and Reason (London: Murray), p. 28. R. R. (1878), The Art of Beauty (London: Chatto & Windus). Limner, L. (1874), Madre Nature Versus the Moloch of Fashion (London: Chatto & Windus). 18 Baines, op.

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