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The Influential Textile Designs of Jacqueline Groag

        Jacqueline Groag 1959 (Picture credit score: John Garner/ College of Brighton Design Archives)

Czech-born Jacqueline Groag (1903-1985) was an influential textile designer in Nice Britain following World Battle II. She studied textile design through the Nineteen Twenties with Franz Cisek and Josef Hoffmann at Wiener Werkstätte, a workshop of utilized arts in Vienna. Groag produced and designed materials for main Parisian vogue homes together with Chanel, Lanvin, Home of Price, Schiaparelli and Paul Poiret, in addition to London textile homes David Whitehead, Grafton, John Lewis and Liberty.

Born as Hilde Choose to Jewish dad and mom on April 6, 1903, she later modified her identify to Jacqueline Groag when she married modernist architect and inside designer Jacques Groag in 1937. In 1938, Jacqueline and Jacques fled to Prague because of the annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany after which to London following the Nazi invasion of Czechlovakia. As soon as in London, the design duo have been invited into the famed British Design Manufacturing unit, the place design greats of the Arts & Crafts and Modernist actions have been members, corresponding to Sir Gordon RussellSir Charles Reilly and Jack Pritchard.

For over 20 years Groag labored as a contract designer creating designs for carpets, greetings playing cards, laminates, plastics, textiles, wallpapers and wrapping paper. In 1984 she grew to become a Fellow of the School of Royal Designers for Business and is taken into account a central determine in textile design through the Nineteen Fifties, together with textile designers Lucienne Day and Marian Mahler.

Palm Springs Artwork Museum: Sample Play-The Modern Designs of Jacqueline Groag

In 2008, the Colorado Springs High quality Arts Heart launched an exhibition entitled, Designing Girls: Artwork and the Trendy Inside from Postwar Britain, that includes the work of Jacqueline Groag, Lucienne Day and Marian Mahler.

And on Wednesday Might 11, 2022, in my newly adopted hometown of Palm Springs, California, I used to be invited to the opening of the Jacqueline Groag exhibition on the Palm Springs Artwork Museum. Residing in Palm Springs is past inspirational. Not solely is it a terrific place to reside (even when the summers do go as much as 120 levels), it’s the house of among the best Mid-Century Trendy structure created by the likes of Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Albert Frey, A.Quincy Jones, Donald Wexler, Richard Harrison, E. Stewart Williams, William Krisel and William Cody. So in step with this love of Modernism, I’d prefer to share some highlights from the Jacqueline Groag present:

Jacqueline Groag show

 Jacqueline Groag 1946 Printed nylon costume manufactured by Fabricado for F.W. Grafton & Co. Manchester, England

Jacqueline Grog designed a variety of costume materials for F.W. Grafton through the Nineteen Forties. Considered one of Groag’s Grafton patterns, a traditional tulip motif, was chosen by the British vogue couturier Edward Molyneux for a costume he designed for HRH Princess Elizabeth. The photograph beneath reveals the longer term queen sporting the tulip print costume in September 1946.

Princess Elizabeth

                              Jacqueline Groag’s ‘Tulip Print’ costume worn by HRH Princess Elizabeth 1946

Toy Parade print

             Jacqueline Groag ‘Toy Parade’ costume print on cotton 1955 -Manufactured by Fabricado for Related American Artists


Jacqueline Groag- Furnishing fabric roller-printed spun rayon Haworth Fabrics England

    Jacqueline Groag- Furnishing cloth roller-printed spun rayon Haworth Materials England

Puppet PrintJacqueline Groag’s ‘Puppet Ballet’ costume cloth 1953 – printed cotton manufactured by Fabricado for Related American Artists

Groag dressesJacqueline Groag textile printed clothes 1953

First night print     Jacqueline Groag’s ‘First Evening’ costume print 1947 – manufactured by Fabricado for Related American Artists, New York

Jacqueline Groag initially conceived her “First Evening’ costume print in 1938 for Elsa Schiaparelli, who, along with Coco Chanel, dominated vogue between the 2 World Wars. First Evening was based mostly on Groag’s drawing of the viewers throughout opening night time on the Paris Opera. The material was offered in america underneath the identify Gala Evening.

For Extra Information on the Groags & the Viennese Trendy Motion

Groag book

Learn extra about Jacques and Jacqueline Groag and the Viennese Modernist motion: Groag: Architect and Designer

Groag textile book

For extra on Groag’s textile designs learn: Jacqueline Groag: Textile & Sample Design: Wiener Werkstatte to American Trendy


Lucienne Day book

To be taught extra about Lucienne Day learn Lucienne Day: Within the Spirit of the Age

Be sure you try UoF’s textile design classes:

Introduction To Textile Print Design

Introduction To Textile Print Design

Researching & Designing A Graphic Printed Textile

Researching & Designing A Graphic Printed Textile

Recoloring Textile Artwork




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