Distinctly Californian: Modernism in Textiles and Fashion

California sportswear industry grew from modest beginnings in 1930 into a mass-market fashion leader in men’s wear and a strong player in women’s wear.

“What Makes a fabric modern? Essentially that it is created in terms of today, with materials of today, within a whole set of conditioning factors.  Chief of these are function, architecture, and related textures”.

Dorothy Wright Liebes, 1939

Color is magic elixir  – the Liebes look

Good design for ordinary people

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Maria Kipp  Small batch handcraft producer

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Trude Guermonprez

Studied with Bauhaus trained Benita Otte and with with Ani Albers at Black Mountain College.  Taught CA college of Crafts (Art)

 

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Ed Rossbach 

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Bernard Kester 

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Katherine Westphal 

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Barney M Reid for Reidart 

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Elza Sunderland 

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Lydia Van Gelder 

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Charles and Ray Eames for Schiffer Prints  TED TALK

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Levis Strauss 

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