The Printed Square

Vintage Handkerchief Patterns for Fashion and Design


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ISBN: 9780500516096 Category:

Nicky Albrechtsen


Vintage handkerchiefs have been an unsung source of inspiration for many of the world’s most exciting brands. This volume written by vintage clothing and textiles experts, is not just for the collector but is accessible to anyone with a passion for pattern.

Over 200 beautifully designed handkerchiefs have been selected to reflect the magnificent array of printed designs that emerged between the 1920s and 1950s, a particularly innovative period in handkerchief design that produced small squares exploding with colour and pattern. The book comes complete with a short history of the subject, an analysis of the fabrics used, a detailing of the design characteristics of each decade, information on where to find and collect, and advice on conservation, storage and use.

Organized for inspiration into 11 sections by colour, this is a fresh and covetable volume targeted at fashion professionals, designers, or a new young generation in search of old chic in new chic forms.

Additional information

Weight 948 g
Dimensions 20.6 x 20.2 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 March 2012
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 20.6 x 20.2 cm
Weight 948 g
Nicky Albrechtsen is the proprietor of the Vintage Resource Studio in Brick Lane, London, which provides costumes and props to the theatre and media.