The Denver Art Museum’s latest exhibition, Spun: Adventures in Textiles, is a great spot for fashion lovers. The show examines the art of textiles through cultural, technical, and social perspectives. When you go, don’t miss the gallery dedicated to Czech-born designer Jacqueline Groag.
Groag started her textile career in Vienna, eventually moving to Paris where she designed for couturiers such as Lanvin and Schiaparelli. After immigrating to England in 1939, she switched gears and focused on Britain's post-World War II mass market, which exploded with color and pattern. Her contemporary designs featured both natural and figurative patterns for dress fabrics, but she also ventured into furnishing textiles, laminates, and other decorative surfaces. At a time when men predominately ruled the design world—midcentury giants like Milo Baughman, Eero Saarinen, and Arne Jacobsen—Groag stood out. See her works (many of which wouldn't be that out of place today) in person; Spun runs through September 22.
—Top image courtesy of Jaime Kripke; portrait (1959) courtesy of John Garner, Design Council / University of Brighton Design Archives