Designers Guild is celebrating its 50th anniversary in style and has announced that the Fashion and Textile Museum will be hosting a retrospective of its work in honour of the date. The Out of the Blue: 50 Years of Designers Guild exhibition, which kicks off in February, will be a celebration of Tricia Guild’s contribution to interior design.
Starting life in a small section of a single shop in Chelsea’s Kings Road in 1970, Designers Guild has since evolved and grown into a global enterprise, changing the way in which people view colour, pattern and texture in their homes.
Designers Guild was founded by Tricia Guild OBE and her distinctive and creative approach to interiors has consistently pushed boundaries, defined tastes and set styles. Today, the company is headed and owned by brother and sister team, Tricia Guild, Founder and Creative Director, and Simon Jeffreys, Group Chief Executive, and is famed for its exquisite prints and fabrics.
THE OUT OF THE BLUE: 50 YEARS OF DESIGNERS GUILD EXHIBITION: WHAT TO EXPECT
Tricia’s unique approach is revealed in the forthcoming exhibition. Her vision was to create a lifestyle, and to show people how to put the different elements of a room together; how colour and pattern, texture and form come together to create a harmonious space that is full of personality and verve.
She has consistently remained true to her vision and her initial philosophy is still paramount to the brand’s work today.
Visitors will be able to see first-hand where Tricia’s inspiration comes from – her travels to India and Japan, Scandinavia and beyond – and how that vision is translated into collections of fabrics, wallpaper, furniture and accessories.
Within each design the painstaking attention to detail, her passion for creativity and artistry are abundantly evident.
The exhibition will also highlight the techniques and processes vital for making these collections happen – how the brand explored various printing methods in the quest for innovation.
From hand block printing in the early days, to rotary screen-printing and most recently digital printing, there’s a focus on creating something new and of-the-moment yet still infused with the integrity and soul of age-old techniques.
The exhibition will showcase the variety of designs and constant re-invention that is central to the ethos of Designers Guild.
TRACKING THE DESIGNER
As well as Designers Guild, Tricia has collaborated with artists and designers from other disciplines, including Howard Hodgkin, Kaffe Fassett, Ralph Lauren, Christian Lacroix and, more recently, John Derian. She has also designed collections under license for The Royal Collection that are directly inspired by the magnificent interiors and furnishings of the British Royal Family’s residences.
Charting the transformation of a dynamic young woman in business with a dream, to the highly respected and influential creative force behind a global brand, the exhibition will reveal how Tricia Guild has consistently innovated and evolved and captured a global loyal following whilst keeping one step ahead of the zeitgeist.
Offering unique access to the Designers Guild archive, with never-before-displayed original designs and art work, Out of the Blue will showcase the story of Designers Guild in settings that capture the changing tastes in interiors over the past five decades.
WHEN AND WHERE:
Out of the Blue: 50 Years of Designers Guild is at The Fashion and Textile Museum from 14 February to 14 June 2020. Tickets are available now at ftmlondon.org. Ticket prices: £9.90 adults*, £8.80* concessions, £7 students and free entry for under 12s *including Gift Aid.
Museum opening times: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm; Late night Thursday until 8pm; Last admission 45 minutes before closure.
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