Maybe it’s because I’m a northerner that I find the V&A’s vintage prints appealing. Originally produced by the Calico Printer’s Association in Manchester, the People Tree’s V&A collection uses 1930s prints from the museum’s archive. Manchester was home to the textile industry and centre of cotton trade in the 19th century. And where I studied for my degree (not in the 19th century). Growing up 50 miles away in Blackpool, I’ve always had a strong connection to the city, as teenagers we’d go there for gigs and to buy clothes – and I’m hoping to hit the north this summer to see the True Faith exhibition celebrating the legacy of Joy Division and New Order. This summer marks my 30th year in London but I’ll always be a northerner at heart. Anyhow. The People Tree V&A collection is made from Tencel an eco-friendly cellulose fibre derived from wood pulp. And there are two archive prints: I’ve got my eye on the ‘Tulip’ print wafty, maxi dress and the ‘Seed’ print (above) is available as a shirt, trousers and a lovely shirt dress.
CORRECTION: in the previous post I initially stated that my new book Know Your Style is available from November in the USA, it’s actually October (the other-way-round date always confuses me). And a few readers asked if the book is available to pre-order in the USA and Canada. Yes it is, click HERE.