Norman Parkinson Archive

Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood

19 September 2014 to 18 January 2015, Fashion & Textile Museum


The Archive is delighted to contribute to the Fashion and Textile Museum's major Autumn exhibition Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood.

The exhibition presents over 150 inspirational knitwear pieces from the collection of Mark and Cleo Butterfield, on show to the public for the first time. Opening 19 September 2014, the exhibition presents highlights from designs by Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel and rare crocheted evening dresses from the 1930s to late 20th century innovations by Vivienne Westwood.

Highlights include 1920s Chanel jersey, 1930s woollen swimwear, 1970s Bill Gibb and conceptual garments from 1980s and 90s designers Comme des Garçons, Vivienne Westwood and Julien MacDonald. An exciting combination of famous names and visually exciting pieces, the exhibition charts the influence of art movements Pop, Punk and Deconstruction alongside new knitwear technologies and design innovation.

An exclusive selection of fashion photographs by Norman Parkinson will be on display. This display charts the increasing prominence of knitwear in 20th century fashion with iconic images commissioned by magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Queen as well as by knitwear companies. Working in partnership with the Museum, the Archive has selected a diverse group of Norman Parkinson images from throughout Parkinson's career including rare black and white vintage prints from the 1930s - 1950s, breathtaking examples of 1970s colour work and a never-before-exhibited series shot at Stonehenge for Vogue in 1970.

The images featured in the exhibition can be found, along with further caption information, in the Archive section. Many of the Norman Parkinson prints featured in the exhibition are available for purchase. Please contact the archive for a full list of available prints and for further information:

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