We’re sitting with Marie-Thérèse in Peter’s Cafe in Acton eating bacon and eggs. She eyes our lunch with suspicion. It’s a far cry from the glamorous world of 1950s Parisian couture and the exquisite textiles created in its design studios, but that’s what has brought us together in this charmingly shabby corner of West London.
Marie-Thérèse has in her possession something rather unique and special for Surface View. She’s the daughter of Zina de Plagny, textile designer to the Parisian elite in an age of true glamour and vibrant creativity. Only recently has Marie-Thérèse taken time to unearth the work created during this prolific time by her mother and her studio. So astounded was she by the beauty and contemporary feel of these images, that Marie-Thérèse and her daughter have decided to revive the Atelier Zina de Plagny and bring her work to new audiences.
All of which is why she’s brought these designs to be photographed by Surface View. They’re not scans, printed fabrics or digital copies, but the original pencil, gouache and ink designs themselves. Understandably she won’t let them out of her sight, so she’s brought them by hand from Paris to our photographic studio at the far reaches of the Central Line. The original artworks are beautiful. The pencil sketch marks, the watery brush strokes, the imperfection of the human hand; all remain, and all are refreshing to see. Both as complete designs or in close-up abstraction, they are full of an expressiveness that’s all too rare in our computer age. And we do everything in our power to preserve all these details in our prints for you.
Name Zina de Plagny
Collection Atelier Zina de Plagny
Category Vintage Archive