V&A Pattern: The Fifties (Hardcover with CD)
V&A Pattern: The Fifties
(Hardcover with CD)
  • Imprint: V & A Publishing
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2009
  • Price: $12.95
  • Trim Size: 5 x 7
  • ISBN: 1-85177-585-4
  • EAN: 9781851775859
  • Page Count: 80
  • Illustrations: 68 full-color illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rights: North America

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is the world's greatest museum of art and design, with a vast collection that been an unparalleled resource for designers for 150 years.


This new series of pattern books presents the range of the V&A's superb collections. Beautifully designed, accessible, and informative, these little books are a repository of ideas and inspiration for designers of all kinds. Included in each volume is a CD of all the images shown within--to be redrawn, reworked, or even licensed for further use. The books are available individually or in a beautiful decorative slipcase.


The Fifties
The Fifties produced some of the most inventive and innovative twentieth-century pattern designs as the emerging trend for abstraction in the fine arts--as exemplified by Miró, Calder, and Klee, for instance--acted as a stimulus for many European and American designers.

About the author

Sue Prichard is curator of contemporary textiles at the V&A. She has curated a number textiles exhibition and is currently working a major quilts book and exhibition to be held at the V&A in 2010.