Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Miss Pettigrew, Chapter Two

It appears the connection between Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and interior design continues. While I would not pass up the opportunity to see such a thoughtfully decorated movie as the aforementioned title, there is another option for the bibliophile.

Clockwise from left: The classic Persephone Book jacket, a collection of works with their corresponding end papers, the "fabric" lining for Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.

Persephone Books, known for republishing forgotten books by mostly women authors, has released their stylishly bound version of Winifred Watson's 1938 work, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day. Lined inside the signature gray jacket is a pattern originally used as a linen print for interiors by textile designer Marion Dorn.

Marion Dorn in 1947 with her fabric patterns. She was also well-known for her rug designs with high profile commissions for Claridges, the Queen Mary ocean liner and Syrie Maugham's famous all-white drawing room. Photograph by Horst P. Horst.

"Fabrics are as much a part of our daily lives as furnishing and dress materials, yet we rarely see them used in any other context. However, fabric design should be celebrated for its own sake; and because it is a field in which women designers have been particularly prominent we would like to use their work whenever possible." -Persephone Books

Like the seventy-five titles in the Persephone library, the fabric patterns chosen as end-papers are largely rediscovered works from the early to mid-20th century, which coordinate with the style and year of the story.

Kudos to Persephone for keeping female artists from fading into obscurity!

9 comments:

The Peak of Chic said...

Not only am I dying to see the movie, but now I must get that book!

a. said...

Being a bibliophile, I love Persephone :-) Can't wait to see the movie!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Wonderful post! What an interesting piece of information.

Style Court said...

Kudos indeed. What a great find Millie.

SimplyGrove said...

Great post! I am so excited to see the movie now for more reasons!

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Great post and good eye! Might have to invest in copy for the library. Thanks.

Topsy Turvy said...

How interesting! I'll have to check out those books. I love the idea of the fabric liners. Lana

coco+kelley said...

genius!! i'm going to have to purchase a whole library of their books just for the jackets! (and to eventually actually read, of course)...

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