Our new intern Suki Kaur has been to visit the new exhibition, 'Art Textiles' at the Fashion Textiles Museum (London) curated by Mary Schoeser, presenting an in depth look of the work of British-born artist Marian Clayden (1937-2015). Undoubtedly, Clayden is a highly recognised name internationally and in the fashion industry, revolutionising the art of tie dying. With her sad passing at the age of 78, the current exhibition showcases Clayden’s garments and in particular celebrates the art of Shibori. Walking into the gallery space, one is struck by the vivid colours an the variations in scale of Clayden’s work. Spanning  two floors, the area serves as a timeline for her long career. 1971JoyfulNoise3-1 The ground floor displays her garments from the early 1970s including the costumes she produced for 'Hair' the musical. This collection embodies the era with  free flowing fabric and draping with names such as; Cher, Barbara Streisand, Diana Ross and Elizabeth Taylor who have worn her clothes. Clayden's famous ‘Marian’s Dress’ was featured, created for her own use, it is made out of Chino silk and is a highlight of the exhibition. Having  been exposed to Clayden’s talent for a few hours, I have become a fan of her work. This new exhibition is definitely a must see not only for those interested in textiles but advocates for true artistry. Art textiles, 11th March – 17th April 2016 Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF

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  • Jo Ann Stabb on

    I’m thrilled that Selvedge Intern Suki Kaur responded so positively to Marian Clayden’s fabulous hand-dyed textiles on exhibition at the FTM. Marian’s work was widely known in the United States where she lived and worked for many years…and its potential for more widespread exposure was recognized by FTM Guest Curator Mary Schoeser who initiated this current retrospective exhibition. It is definitely worth a visit – to drink in the color, vitality and exquisite renditions of resist-dyed textiles!

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