"French Riviera" dress silk; Mallinson's Playgrounds of the World series

"French Riviera" dress silk; Mallinson's Playgrounds of the World series

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A length of "Vagabond Crepe" dress silk, from H.R. Mallinson & Co.'s "Playgrounds of the World" series of printed silks. This sample is an allover printed design, "French Riviera", a landscape design with large reserves, and scenes of palm trees, sailboats, beach-goers, and buildings. Colors are black, canary yellow, tan, brown, blue, orange and cream on a ground of grey. "Vagabond" crepe is a Mallinson tradename for a crepe twist fabric woven with doupioni silk in the weft or filling. Selvage inscription - Mallinson's Silks Deluxe Playgrounds of the World French Riviera. The series dates to 1928 and included both European and American "playgrounds". NMAH holds samples of each design in the series..
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Object Name
fabric length
Date made
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
plain weave; cylinder printed (overall production method/technique)
Vagabond crepe (overall style)
overall: 36 in x 38 in; 91.44 cm x 96.52 cm
ID Number
catalog number
T (/) 5740
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Although not credited here, Walter Mitschke was the designer of the entire series "Playgrounds of the World" as well as other theme series for H.R. Mallinson Silks. The designer was my maternal great-uncle and I inherited a comprehensive archive of his career as a textile and wallpaper designer: drawings, gouache renderings, fabric samples, decorative arts portfolios,research prints and several Mallinson Blue Book yearly catalogues. I donated all the Mallinson materials in 2008 to Boston MFA.

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