A visit to 'JAZZ AGE: Fashion & Photographs' at The Fashion and Textile Museum was a highlight of my recent trip to London. The exhibition deserves more than one post so I shall just write about stencils on this one and save the gorgeous outfits and painted scenery for another.
The stencils had been ordered from us a while ago but I did not know where they were going so it was a total surprise to me when I saw them on the walls of the exhibition. Actually, I think I shrieked.
The stencilled decoration on the walls helped to put the fashion in a wider context of changing style through the 1920's starting with the fluidity of the Art Nouveau style, Belle Epoque and the Edwardian period. The stencil is part of VN57 Lalique from our Art Deco and Victoriana range in the Vintage Collection at The Stencil Library. The stenciller has used just the first overlay of the design. I think that the result looks complete although it is not. Follow our link to see the design in its entirety. All our stencils can be ordered in custom sizes but I think that the museum bought standard ones.
The next booth introduced exoticism which encompassed a decorative interest in Egypt along with the re-emerging trend for Chinoiserie and Japonisme.
Notice how well the stencilled pattern looks even when there is little colour or variation in tone. Devore velvet gives a similar look and there were such pieces on display. The stencil design is CH42 Mythical Birds it can be ordered from the repeat pattern section of our Chinese Style range.
Trend was probably the wrong word; Is something a trend when it never appears to go out of style I wonder?
The third room put me in mind of Hollywood and of the French Riviera. I felt quite at home, not because of the geographical connotation but because some of my favourite outfits are trouser suits, dress shirts and tail coat. I have a pair of silk shoes that look like that too. The stencil is DE313 from our Art Deco Style range of stencils
The fourth booth featured DE314; I remember stencilling a larger version of this in shell pink and pearlescent white as a back drop for a window display at Selfridges. I was not able to get to london at the time to see it. It was featured in Elle Deco Magazine and I have since lost that issue so can not show you. The same shell design is stencilled in red and black on a wooden floor at my home; it is in an art deco themed bathroom which I am sure will have appeared on this blog many times but I may feature it again soon just in case you missed it.
The stencils are not all from our Art Deco range. You can find links to the relevant pages in my text. The Jazz Age Exhibition finished the day after I visited but if that is the standard of exhibition to be found at The Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey, South London I will be back for more. The stencilled tableaux were just a small part of the exhibition; The scenic painting throughout exhibition was delightful and was attributed to Paul Stagg and I presume that included the stencilling of the designs. If I am wrong someone please tell me. I hope to receive the book of the exhibition tomorrow and that will help when I write the post about the fabulous fashion that I saw.