William Morris was noted for being ‘very careless and unfinished in his dress’ and he railed against the extravagances of Victorian fashion, but he was very interested in clothes and promoted the idea that they should be both practical and beautiful. This online talk will take a light-hearted look at the dress of his family, friends and colleagues in artistic circles in the late nineteenth century, the sometimes surprising use of Morris furnishing fabrics for clothing around 1900 and in the 1960s, and the recent proliferation of Morris patterns in fast fashion and designer collections.
Annette Carruthers worked as a decorative-arts curator in Leicester and Cheltenham and taught at the University of St Andrews until 2014.
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