Colour Is Mine

by Haptic & Hue

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Althea McNish, Britain’s first black designer of international standing, was a magician of colour. The Queen wore her dress fabrics, cruise liners sailed with her murals on their walls and millions of homes used her designs, but how can few remember her name?

In the premier episode of Jo Andrew’s podcast, Haptic & Hue, the British journalist – alongside Christine Checinska, Curator of African and African Diaspora Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Ashley Gray, Director of Gray MCA (an expert in mid-century textiles and co-curator of the recent exhibition on Modern British Female Designers at Messums, Wiltshire), and Alexis Shepherd, Clothes Designer and friend of Althea McNish’s – explores the question of why Trinidadian-born designer Althea McNish is important to fashion history.

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