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1946

  • Work on this object began.

1966

  • Work on this object ended.

1998

  • We acquired this object.

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Textile, Gold Ripple-Wave, ca. 1956

This is a Textile. It was made for Ford Motor Company. It is dated ca. 1956 and we acquired it in 1998. Its medium is cotton, rayon, lurex and its technique is jacquard woven compound weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Women became important car buyers in the 1950s, and car makers designed with them in mind. Gold Ripple-Wave was a luxury interior option on Ford’s 1957 Fairlane 500 Club and Town Victoria, and was offered only in this distinctive yellow and black color combination, to match the two-tone exterior paint finish.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled A Fabric with a Touch of Tomorrow.

It is credited Museum Purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program Fund.

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Object ID #18384855
  • block-printed on handmade paper.
  • Gift of Brighton Art Gallery and Museum.
  • 1950-59-9

Its dimensions are

H x W: 187 x 154.9 cm (73 5/8 x 61 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, Gold Ripple-Wave, ca. 1956; Made for Ford Motor Company (United States); USA; cotton, rayon, lurex; H x W: 187 x 154.9 cm (73 5/8 x 61 in.); Museum Purchase from Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program Fund; 1998-56-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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