Dress & slip, Mary Kessell

Dress & slip, Mary Kessell

Dress & slip
Designed by Mary Kessell
Made by Marion Campbell
United Kingdom
1949
Museum no. CIRC.334B-1962

Mary Kessell was a painter and war artist who was asked to study embroideries in order to prepare experimental designs for hand and machine work. Her designs were considered so progressive that few arts schools were accomplished enough to use them. Marion Campell was one fo the most successful interpreters of Kessell's motifs in a variety of hand embroidered methods. The motif of camels walking in a row has been interpreted as a decoration for the yoke of a child's dress.