Monday, December 9, 2013

Elton's Silk Suit on Display in Bexley

The David Evans silk printers in Crayford might have shut down in 2001 but designs are still being used and worn by celebrities including Kate Moss and Sir Elton John.

An exhibition at Hall Place, Bexley, is celebrating the factory’s history stretching back more than 150 years, but also looking to the future.

Curator Kirsty Macklen said: “They worked with so many famous and high-profile designers. There was Dior, Elton John, Kate Moss – and the designs are still being used.

“The paisley design, which has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years, has become really fashionable.

“It’s so versatile that it can be adapted whatever is in fashion at the time or the season. It’s timeless.”

The factory, in what is now Bourne Industrial Park, ran from 1843 until the last piece of silk was printed in July 2001.

The fabric was used to make scarves, ties, accessories and clothes.

- Bexley Times

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