The Ascher brand was set up by Czech emigrés Zika and Lida Ascher during World War II. They supplied fabrics to Balenciaga, Givenchy, Dior and Lanvin - and introduced mohair to the world of haute couture in 1958 at Pierre Cardin - but they also wanted to create textiles based on contemporary art.
Between 1946 and 1955 they commissioned designs by Picasso, Matisse, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Cecil Beaton, Jean Cocteau, Barbara Hepworth, Sonia Delaunay and many more.
The rayon scarves are being exhibited now on Brompton Road at the Ascher pop-up shop, along with some unseen pieces, including wall panels by Henry Moore.
by Ben Nicholson
by Oscar Dominguez
Here you can see Zika Ascher's original scrapbooks from the Paris couture collections of the 1950s www.ascherstudio.co.uk