Advert for Courtaulds Rayons 1936
'The miracle of Rayons'. Rayon is what you used to call artifical silk. Its name was changed because it isn't silk and it isn't artificial. It is beautiful thread. . . a miracle of science, manufacturing marvel. And, far from that being an imitation of anything, rayon has set a new standard of quality in luxury wear, a new standard of duraability, and an altogether new standard of value.
© Mary Evans Picture Library
Dress and matching coat by Norman Hartnell
A dress and matching coat by Norman Hartnell who follows the vogue for diaphanous fabrics by using mushroom silk organza. The dress has a deep V neckline and tiny pin-tucks control the fullness of the waist. Madame Claude St. Cyr at Hartnell made the hat of matching ruched silk organza. All jewellery is by Bijoux Christian Dior. Date: 1961
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
The iris in various patterns for stained glass
The iris in various patterns for stained glass, wallpaper and fabrics. . Lithograph by Verneuil with pochoir (stencil) handcoloring from Eugene Grasset's Plants and their Application to Ornament, Paris, 1897. Eugene Grasset (1841-1917) was a Swiss artist whose innovative designs inspired the art nouveau movement at the end of the 19th century.
© Florilegius / Mary Evans