the arts and crafts movement

Afternoon Dress
Date: c.1885
Culture: American
Medium: silk, passementerie
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Special notes: the passementerie on this elegant dress is clearly influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement design aesthetic which was extremely popular around 1880 and 1910. This is an excellent example of how a movement which is mostly based in architecture and interior design crept into clothing, showing the proponents desire to live the style in its entirety.

William Morris

English artist, textile designer, poet and socialist activist William Morris was born on this day in 1834. Morris was one of the principal figures of the British arts and crafts movement. 

This is an ink, pen and watercolour drawing of a Woman Playing Cymbals, a design which was used for one of the many Morris & Co stained glass windows at Wightwick Manor.


Some images I took of the Johns Hopkins library’s copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer (1896). For more on William Morris, the creator of the Kelmscott Press, and the other elements of the Arts & Crafts movement, click here.