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Director’s Tour

Double Weave: Bourne and Allen’s Modernist Textiles 

Tue 10 October 2023
3:00 pm
- 4:00 pm


Enjoy exclusive access to the museum for Director Steph Fuller’s in depth tour of Double Weave: Bourne and Allen’s Modernist Textiles and Drawn to the Light (نور) by Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings.

Double Weave marks the major contributions of the museum’s co-founder Hilary Bourne (1909 – 2004) and Barbara Allen (1903 – 1972), her partner in life and creative practice.

The pair ran an internationally successful textile studio, designing and making a variety of fabrics – tweed for Fortnum & Mason, furnishing fabric for Heals and scarves for Liberty’s. The turning point in their career came in 1951, when they won the competition to design and make curtains for the newly built Festival Hall. They went on to win commissions to make the costumes for the multi-Oscar winning 1959 film Ben-Hur and the interiors of the UK’s first jet planes.

In short, they were two of the most significant textile designers of the modernist period, yet they remain largely unknown – until now.

Steph will share her knowledge and passion for the works of these fascinating woman in this 40 minute tour.

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