"Chaos is not the opposite of rhythm but the milieu of all milieus"
Deleuze & Guattari

Tuesday, 25 January 2011


I couldn't use this Ne Dessine Pas Sur Les Murs print by Boussac on my page on new prints and patterns in The Times because it isn't new for 2011...

but I think if you've been printing fabrics since 1933 then a design that's 3 years old counts as pretty fresh, non?

The Boussac brand is now owned by Pierre Frey - see their fairytale French website here - www.pierrefrey.com - and visit their magazine Freyquence for images like this:

It was Marcel Boussac, whose father was a draper, who proposed to Christian Dior that he start his own fashion house in 1946, with Boussac's funding. Dior had previously been working for Pierre Balmain.

It was also Boussac who engaged a 21-year-old Yves Saint Laurent at Dior following the eponymous designer's death, and Boussac who replaced him with Marc Bohan as head designer following Saint Laurent's naughty Beat-style collection in 1960.

Pictured below with HRH, he became one of France's richest textiles tycoons, and owned the Ch√Ęteau de Mivoisin in the Loiret.