Exhibition Details

Location: Ellman Fashion Design Gallery
Dates: April 4, 2015
to August 9, 2015


Following the prolonged trauma of World War II, a renewed public appetite for color and pattern flourished in Britain. Designers responded enthusiastically to the freedom of the post-war period, creating dynamic and stimulating patterns inspired by art, science, and everyday life. Czech-born Jacqueline Groag was one of the most versatile women designers of this period. From the colorful and playful to the abstract and representational, Groag’s work contributed to Britain’s spirit of renewal and defined the popular “contemporary” style. An extremely inventive artist with a finely tuned sense of color, Groag utilized collage and drawing to develop her exceptional child-like visions.

Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag provides a rare opportunity to view these original works on paper alongside Groag's lively, bold designs for furnishing textiles, dress fabrics, laminates, and other decorative surfaces drawn primarily from the Denver collection of Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III.

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Image Credit

Left: Jacqueline Groag, (Czech-born, 1903-1985) Dress, 1940s. Printed cotton. Lent by Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III. Photo by Ken Howie.
Right: Jacqueline Groag, (Czech-born, 1903-1985) Dress (left),1946. Printed nylon. Dress (right), 1946. Printed “anti-shirk” nylon crepe, 1946. Lent by Richard Chamberlain Photo by Ken Howie.

Exhibition Sponsor

The exhibition is organized by Denver Art Museum. 

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