The Fabric Designs of Abraham Ltd
written by Swiss National Museum Zurich
Verlag Scheidegger & Spiess | ISBN 9783858813831
Hardback – 224 pages
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Textiles are one of Switzerland's oldest industries. Cotton and silk have been spun and woven in homework and became quickly and fully industrialised early in the 19th century. Trading of finished products has also been a business of considerable size. One of the most important players in the Swiss silk business has been Abraham Ltd in Zurich. A household name in Paris Haute Couture after World War II, Abraham supplied silks to the leading fashion houses, including Balenciaga, Dior, Givenchy, Chanel and, above all, Yves Saint Laurent. A period of great success and glamour for the company in the 1960s-80s was followed by decline, leading to liquidation in 2002. 'Pirate Silk' presents a wealth of designs, patterns and samples of the beautiful fabrics but also of the elegant dresses and spectacular gowns of the great Paris couturiers. The book is lavishly illustrated in colour throughout with full-page images of fabric designs and models wearing the garments. Smaller images of spreads from Abraham's scrapbooks show variations of individual designs but also cuttings from magazines etc. that were meticulously collected and archived to document the company's work and influence.