International Textiles magazine

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 73 AAD/1987/1/10
  • Dates of Creation
      Jan 1944 - Dec 1944
  • Language of Material
      English French Portuguese Spanish
  • Physical Description
      1 volume

Scope and Content

AAD/1987/1/11 a duplicate of this volume.

Published in London by I.T. Publications Ltd., incorporating International Textiles, Sir, Thinking Ahead, I.T. Studio and I.T. Publicity. Issues numbered but not dated, text in English and Spanish, parts also in French and Portuguese. Issues regularly include contents summaries, which note the main subjects treated in the monthly Thinking Ahead sections. As of 9/1944, issues contain "scrap-books", an inset of sketches illustrating one or more fashion trends.

1944 Jan

No 1/1944. Contents Summary notes features on clothing and furnishing fabrics, also on changing role of Jersey. Editorial on a New Plan for Lancashire, and issue includes article on U.S. stocking manufacture, also extracts from a speech by Alastair Morton on the importance of quality in design.

1944 Feb

No 2/1944. Contents Summary notes features on men's suits (now released from austerity ban) and an article on current wholesale dress production, headed "Today's Utility, tomorrow's Exports". Articles also on effects on soldiers uniforms of the War's "global nature", and on the need for expansionist policies in the wool trade.

1944 Mar

No 3/1944. Contents Summary notes features on the evolution of weatherwear, the London Spring Collections and Jacqmar's "slogan scarves". Articles on wool marketing, with statistics, and on fashion trends in the U.S.A.

1944 Apr

No 4/1944. Contents Summary lists various fashion items, a report on the varied activities of British rayon producers, and on future prospects for the export of London model clothes. Issue also includes an article on the development of protective clothing for women, and a Wool Primer, outlining its history and uses.

1944 May

No 5/1944. Contents Summary features special issue on Cotton Board's current exhibition of textile designs in Manchester. Illustrations given of work by many leading British artists, with a print range by Gerald Wilde on the front cover. Issue also includes an article entitled "Paris Struggles" describing the French fashion industry's efforts to carry on.

1944 June

No 6/1944. Contents List features a visit to Leeds' Textile University, and articles on the future of Jersey as a material, and on rainwear fashions. Prompted by the Allied invasion of Normandy, issue also includes a special article on the Bayeaux Tapestry (whereabouts at that time unknown).

1944 July

No 7/1944. Contents List names sketches from the Rima Collection, and patterns of several types of fabrics for men's and women's clothing. Special article on Northern Ireland's textile industry and the important role of "long staple" fibre. Issue includes an article on zip fasteners currently "suppressed for the duration", great technical improvements expected on return.

1944 Aug

No 8/1944. Special insert to give temporary address of International Textiles office in Paris. Main feature on the "Colour of English Country Houses", drawn and written for the magazine by John Piper : text translated into French, Spanish and Portuguese, with six pages of Piper's drawings. Issue also includes articles on "feminine prints", fake furs and candlewick fabrics.

1944 Sep

No 9/1944. Contents Summary (text in Spanish, French and Portuguese only) features new I.T's "Scrapbook", which illustrates the reflection of "current feelings" in fashion trends-viz. that in Britain, wholly given over to the war effort, simple and practical styles prevail. Issue includes examples of printed woollens, fine worsteds and proofed sportswear.

1944 Oct

No 10/1944. Contents Summary (no English text) features recent London collections, with sketches and an article on Jacqumar's contribution to textile design. Issue includes illustrations of ready-made tailored styles, also of recent show of fabrics and fashions given in Belfast.

1944 Nov

No 11/1944. Contents summary (as above) lists rayon fabrics and "peasant-inspired" furnishings, based on recent exhibition of Jugoslav embroideries. Special article on Shetland wool, and illustrations of "Kanga" designs produced in Manchester for African markets.

1944 Dec

No 12/1944. Contents summary (as above) list. Molyneux designs for waitresses in Savoy and Claridges Hotels, novelty tweeds, articles on rubberized garments and on the expected re-birth of the London fur trade. 'Scrapbook' features British-made tailored clothes, also the art of window dressing and prospects for improved future scope.