Fashion exhibition showcases heritage textiles from WGC
PUBLISHED: 09:44 12 February 2019 | UPDATED: 10:28 12 February 2019
Fusing heritage with fashion, a new exhibition has opened in Hatfield with original pieces spanning the 1920s to the 1970s from a historic Welwyn Garden City textile company.
Mill Green Museum is displaying its collection of iconic original pieces created by local textile company Cresta Silks, alongside designs inspired by the company made by second year fashion and fashion business students from the University of Hertfordshire.
The exhibition showcases the cutting-edge designs across numerous frocks and two-piece sets, and includes a fabric inspired by Welwyn Garden City itself with the Shredded Wheat building pictured in the design.
The Cresta Silks factory was originally on Broadwater Road when the company was set up in 1929.
In 1938 they moved to a site next to Howardsgate, and in 1954 the company moved into Welwyn Stores - now John Lewis - until the company ceased trading in the 1970s.
Cresta was run by Tom Heron, whose son Patrick Heron was a well-known artist.
The museum has several textile pieces designed by Patrick Heron on display, including a scarf borrowed from Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance.
Councillor Terry Mitchinson, executive member for policy and culture, said: “This fascinating partnership exhibition celebrates some of the innovative and stylish fabrics created by Cresta Silks, some of which are almost 100 years old!
“I’d like to thank all of the students from the University of Hertfordshire who have worked really hard to produce their own pieces, inspired by Cresta originals.
“It’s great to see their designs next to the vintage pieces, and the exhibition really highlights how ahead of their time Cresta Silks was.”
The exhibition runs until 7 July 2019.
For more information, visit: www.welhat.gov.uk/exhibitions