Monday, January 20, 2014

Modern Print Monday: Florence Broadhurst

Cockatoos by Florence Broadhurst

Florence Maud Broadhurst (1899-1977)

Florence Broadhurst's specialty was wallpapers. Her signature style featured oversized figures, basic, bright color, black and white contrast and silhouetted imagery.

Some characterize her as ahead of her time, but Broadhurst's wallpapers and coordinating fabrics were quite successful in mid-20th-century Australia. Her look is one aspect of modernism that is popular again today. Designer Kate Spade recently licensed a whole collection of Broadhurst designs

Kate Spade bag, 
fabric design by Broadhurst

Broadhurst didn't invent the dramatic silhouette in the 1950s.

Here's a settee from the 1930s by Josef Hoffman of
the Wiener Werkstatte in Vienna.

Wallis Simpson

And Nancy Mitford
 about the same time in silhouette prints

Elsa Schiaparelli dress
The silhouetted figures are ballerinas in a print called
Degas's Dancers by Textile DuChame

A Vogue pattern in the 1950s

 Broadhurst put her own stamp on the silhouette. Her designs have great appeal today.

Read the recent biography by Helen O'Neill, Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives .
Here's a preview:

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