Saturday, 27 November 2010

pirate silk

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and one of the major 
international financial centers besides the town is well known 
to fashion professionals for its silk textiles production, 
like Como in Italy or the French cities of Lyon and Tours.
“Soie pirate. The Abraham Textile Archive Zurich” 
is the outstanding exhibition going on these days at the 
Swiss Landesmuseum Zürich which plunges visitors into 
the fascinating world of high-class craftsmanship, 
artistic innovation and glamour.

Cristobal Balenciaga's summer 1950, photo Willy Maywald

The massive wealth of Zurich's Abraham's ltd. archive, both in 
terms of quality and quantity, enables the most varied aspects 
of the world of fashion and textiles to be showcased. 
The origins of the company date back to 1878 and through 
the times it became a world leader thanks to the growing 
demand in silk textiles from rising middle classes and
the spread of affluent consumption in Western Europe.

Christian Dior's summer 1950, photo Willy Maywald
The Zurich exhibition helps visitors to gain in-depth knowledge
with remarkable interactions between Abraham's fabrics and
the world of fashion. Sample books, collection reference books
and a fantastic parade of 2.600 fashion photos and scrapbooks
with thousands of extracts from printed media bear witness 
to the finest quality of Swiss silk textiles.

Christian Dior's summer 1955, photo Forlano
The Abraham's archive has been studied for two years to form
the basis for the exhibition and the two-volume publication as
well as to secure knowledge about the company for the future.
“Soie pirate” displays creations by three superb couturiers,
Balenciaga, Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent, the company's best
customers, an impressive photo gallery and a selection of the 
stencils used to print Abraham's designs together with garments 
and outfits designed by invited contemporary designers such as:
Akris, Diane von Fürstenberg, Dries van Noten, Heiner Brambilla
and Peter Pilotto.

Abraham's Couture Book, spring 1953
Abraham's Couture Book, spring 1956
Visitors will also learn about the National Museum's planned 
study centre and realise that the archive's not only the living 
visual memory of the company yet an endless place of 
inspiration and a top-notch image source.

Collection Reference Books, 1964 and 1967

Yves Saint Laurent's summer 1967, photographer unknown


  1. whoa, LOVE the YSL ss67 pic. amazing!

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  2. Dear Mikapoka, I will pour a bit of a snow here - in Poland winter ;o) The snowy winter came.