Couture comes to Mill Green Museum

A touch of couture came to Mill Green Museum last Thursday (7 February), as the Cresta Couture exhibition's preview night took place with 60 invited guests.

Cresta designs

The exhibition has been put together in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire to create a show that fuses heritage with fashion. The museum has displayed its collection of original pieces created by local textile company Cresta Silks with designs by second year Fashion and Fashion Business students from the university, which have been inspired by the iconic designs. The original Cresta designs featured are from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Cresta was run by Tom Heron, whose son Patrick Heron was a well-known artist. The museum has several textile pieces designed by Patrick Heron on display, including a scarf borrowed from Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance. The Cresta Silks factory was originally on Broadwater Road when the company was set up in 1929. In 1938 they moved to a site next to Howardsgate, and in 1954 the company moved into Welwyn Stores (now John Lewis) until the company ceased trading in the 1970s.

Councillor Terry Mitchinson, Executive Member for Policy and Culture, said:

"This fascinating partnership exhibition celebrates some of the innovative and stylish fabrics created by Cresta Silks, some of which are almost 100 years old!

"I'd like to thank all of the students from the University of Hertfordshire who have worked really hard to produce their own pieces, inspired by Cresta originals. It's great to see their designs next to the vintage pieces, and the exhibition really highlights how ahead of their time Cresta Silks was."

The exhibition runs until 7 July 2019.

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