Konstantina Hlavackova & Peter Ascher.
Prague. Museum of Decorative Arts & Slovart Publishing Ltd. 2019. First edition. Patterned cloth-bound hardback, obi band, patterned edges. 404 pages. Illustrated profusely throughout in colour and b&w. 290 x 230mm (11½ x 9"). 2.1kg. . English. Fine; as new.
A comprehensive study of the fashion textile design firm Ascher and the lives of Czech-born Zika and Lida Ascher. The book commences with the firm's beginnings in Prague and its struggles against the backdrop of Nazism. In 1939 the couple fled to the UK where they built up the Ascher company to be one of the most successful textile design firms in the world, supplying fashion fabrics to the likes of Dior, Balenciaga, Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent. Part of their success lay in using artists, such as Matisse, Henry Moore and Cecil Beaton, to create designs for the firm. The book is very well illustrated with reproductions of the designs and archival photographs.