From 22 March – 29 June, the Fashion and Textile Museum celebrate a colourful decorative artist, Kaffe Fassett. Working in everything from fabric, knitting, needlepoint, patchwork, painting and mosaic and more, colour is the focus of them all. Author of books on his various crafts, he encourages everyone not to be afraid of colour.
Moving to London in the 60’s he became a knitwear and textile designer, deftly melding colour and pattern with ease in his signature mosaic technique. Opening today, the exhibition will feature fashion and home pieces plus a ‘feeling’ wall that allows visitors to touch and better understand the textiles on display and their construction.
”With vibrant colors, metallic fabrics, and slinky silhouettes that clung to the body, Burrows’s danceable designs generated a vibrant look that was of a piece with the glamorous, liberated nightlife of the era.”
Burrows was the first African American fashion designer to achieve international acclaim, literally stopping traffic with his window displays. His lean silhouettes in stretch fabrics (a contrast to the style at the time) were seen worn by everyone from Cher and Liza Minelli to Barbra Streisand and Diana Ross.