Mural, Hooks and Frocks, 1999
Screen-printed on paper.
Gift of Anthropologie. 2007-18-1-a/d.
- Designed by Deborah Bowness
What is this?
Screen printing of a photo montage showing an interior setting which includes coat hooks, frocks or dresses, handbags and a chair. The four panel set is printed mostly in a monochromatic sepia colorway with one dress printed in red and another printed in yellow. The composition includes three handbags suspended from hooks, two dresses on wire hangers suspended from hooks, and a mid-century chair.
Why is this in our collection?
Hooks and Frocks can be embellished with actual hooks, from which can be hung additional garments and bags of the owner’s choice for a more personalized look. Deborah Bowness’s work is a contemporary example of trompe l’oeil, which has a very long history in wallcoverings. Many of the earliest wallpapers were imitations of textiles, stone, and architectural elements. The interactivity invited by the designs and the photomontage technique is a highly contemporary take on this old tradition. Bowness is a British artist and designer based in London. She studied surface pattern and textile design at the Leeds College of Art and Design and received an MA in printed textiles from the Royal College of Art in... more