Zika & Lida Ascher: the art of scarves
Zika and Lida Ascher were responsible, from 1945, for the production of the remarkable range of artist-designed large silk squares that forever changed fashion. They persuaded artists such as Jean Cocteau, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Felix Topolski to contribute to their range of glamorous scarves. Not content with this achievement, the Aschers supplied the fashion world with vivid prints and innovations such as shaggy mohairs – in 1957 – and printed cotton laces. This talk introduces this Czechoslovakian couple and illustrates why they became so admired for their revolutionary crusade to abolish mediocrity in design.
Ascher silk crepe scarf designed by Jean Cocteau, 1947, as shown on the cover of Ascher: Fabric, Art, Fashion (V&A Publishing, 1987).