Kaffe Fassett

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Kaffe Fassett, best known for his colourful designs in the decorative arts is the man behind the amazing 'Kaffe Fassett- A Life in Colour' exhibition at the London Fashion and Textile Museum. 

At first glimpse at the rooms filled with his textual art, I was blown away by the intricate detailing and textures that have been used in each tapestry and design piece. I knew instantly that this textiles designer has talent. This amazing exhibition in London displays over 100 works of art from his collection. 

First of all, a bit of background information on this incredible artist. 

Kaffe Fassett, is an America born artist isn't afraid of colours and the art of mixing them. He begun his career in England where he bought 20 colours of shetland wool and was shown how to knit. From knitting his first piece- he was destined to become a well known designer with his first piece of work being published in a full page spread in Vogue Knitting magazine. 

Kaffe is known for his one of a kind designs with icons such as Missoni and Bill Gibb commissioning his early collections. In 1988 Kaffe's claim to ultimate fame was his exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum with the museum attracting so many people that attendance figures doubled. Kaffe also had shows in Japan that attracted over 30,000 people in just 6 days. 

His 'A Life in Colour' exhibition in London was absolutely amazing. Rooms were filled top to bottom with tapestries full of a variety of colours and patterns. The detail was incredible and something I've never seen so precise and unique. I was literally blown away. 

Highlights for me included the following designs. 

Another highlight were the frames that showcased the visual designs and paintings that Kaffe produced in the design process of each tapestry piece. Kaffe's ability to blend, mix and have a feeling for different colours is absolutely inspiring for any designer that loves the use of colour. 

Kaffe Fassett truly is an inspiration to any lover of fashion, design and textiles. I was so surprised and amazed by the variety of designs and pieces that I saw and definitely recommend this exhibition to anyone who is in London. You wont be disappointed! 

For those that you that are able to make a visit details for the exhibition are as follows: 

Exhibition Dates: 22 March – 29 June 2013
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays / 11am – 6pm
Last Admissions 5.15pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Museum Admission
£8 adults / £5.50 students and concessions*
50% off full price ticket for Art Fund members
Children aged 12 and under are free
Tickets may be purchased in person on the day of the visit

Love to you all from London (the best city in the world!)



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