Metallics: Time to Shine

Published Oct 21 2021 in #alfredshaheen, #artdecostyle, #designerfabric, #franklloydwright, #goldmetallic, #metallic

Designer Diane KennedyDiane first fell in love with this mandala print with delicate gold edging and has been hooked ever since. 

Her design inspiration was kindled by innovative 1950's designer, Alfred Shaheen, whose introduction of metallic cotton prints took the fashion world by storm. Together with Dr. Edmund Lutz, his friend and head dye chemist, Shaheen created over 100 metallic colors, including gold, silver, sapphire, ruby, and emerald. Today we take metallic printing for granted, but it's creation in the early 1950's for ready to wear clothing was a major achievement.

Alfred Shaheen's metallic cotton printsTake a sneak peek at these irresistible arrivals all featuring gold accents. We're shining a light on the brilliant metallic fabrics that are bound to brighten your wardrobe this season. 

Ruby Roxx wearing a Diane Kennedy designGo ahead and get gleaming with polished metal accents on comfortable cotton. You'll notice the Art Deco influence in these stunningly detailed prints.  "Goddess Rising" is an homage to the allure of Egyptian Revival. Exude a sense of exotic mystery with jewel tones outlined in wings of metallic golden ink. Coming very soon!

A Diane Kennedy metallic printTinsel and teal unite with "Prismatic Peacock" for a tantalizing tribute to the angles of Frank Lloyd Wright. These charming geometrics are edged with reflective golden accents. This unexpected modern metallic print will turn heads. Watch for it coming soon to our Rhapsody Jacket.

Ruby Roxx wearing a Diane Kennedy design"Paisley Plumes" is a nostalgic nod to the endpapers of yesteryear (remember the inside covers of hardbacked books?). Glimmering metallic gold outlines impart a sense of motion with decadent plumes of turquoise. This captivating Chrissy dress was made for romance.

Alfred Shaheen's legacy of metallic inks with exotic botanicals were an irresistible combination that forever changed the landscape of what was possible with textiles. We admire and celebrate this truly timeless artisan whose designs withstand the test of time.

Wishing you a radiant season ahead,