Helen David

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Helen David
Helen David at studio.jpg
A portrait of Helen David at work
Born
Helen Littman[1]

Brighton, United Kingdom
NationalityBritish
EducationCamberwell School of Art, Central St. Martins[1][2]
OccupationFashion designer
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Colin David[2]
AwardsEvening wear, 1999
(British Fashion Awards)
(London Fashion Week)
Websitehelenandcolindavid.com

Helen David is an English fashion designer and artist working in London, with an interest in both local and global culture.

Early life and education[edit]

Helen David was born in Brighton,[1] East Sussex, but moved to London soon after completing her A-levels. She gained a first-class honours degree at Camberwell College of Arts,[1] where she studied textiles and fine art print-making. She then went on to study fashion as a post-graduate at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. During this time, Helen developed a keen interest in the London Underground culture of the 80's and frequented popular places such as the Blitz Club, where the New Romantic styling that she is well known for was born.[3]

Career[edit]

In 1983, David founded the design label English Eccentrics along with her sister, Judy Purbeck, and fellow designer, Claire Angel.[4] The fashion house specialised in hand-printed and hand-embroidered evening wear and scarves. As part of the global extension of London fashion, Helen participated in the "London Goes to Tokyo" event organised by Susanne Bartsch, a show intended to broaden the reach of British designers.[5] She also designed hosiery for Sophie Mirman's "Sock Shop", under the English Eccentrics name.[6] Whilst developing English Eccentrics, in 2001 she took time away from the business to concentrate full-time on art. 'Friends and Icons'[7] was David's first one-woman art exhibition, curated by Laura Parker-Bowles.

After a time in the arts, David returned to reestablishing her attention to English Eccentrics in 2006. She now works out of a studio in Kings Cross, London, creating both fashion and art based on various subject matters.

David's fashion and textile work is now part of permanent collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum,[8][9] the Museum of London[10][11][12][13] and the Art Institute of Chicago.[14]

Books[edit]

  • McDermott, Catherine & David, Helen, (1994), "English Eccentrics The Textile Designs of Helen Littman", Phaidon, ISBN 1-85454-205-2
  • Ed. by Breward, Christopher and Wood, Ghislaine, (2012) "British Design from 1948: Innovation in the Modern Age", V and A books, ISBN 978-1-85177-674-0
  • Marnie Fogg, (2009), "1980s Fashion Print", Batsford, ISBN 978-1-906388-41-6
  • John Sorrell, (2009) "Creative Island 2", Laurence King Publishing Ltd, ISBN 978-1-85669-626-5
  • Richard Martin, (1989), "Fashion and Surrealism", Thames and Hudson, ISBN 0-500-27550-5
  • Ed. by Sonnet Stanfill, (2013), "From Club to Catwalk – 80's Fashion", V&A Publishing, ISBN 978-1-851-77725-9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d McDermott, Catherine & David, Helen, (1994), "English Eccentrics The Textile Designs of Helen Littman", Phaidon, ISBN 1-85454-205-2, p. 7
  2. ^ a b "Biography". Helenandcolindavid.com. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  3. ^ Marnie Fogg, (2009), "1980s Fashion Print", Batsford, ISBN 978-1-906388-41-6, p. 9
  4. ^ McDermott, Catherine & David, Helen, (1994), "English Eccentrics The Textile Designs of Helen Littman", Phaidon, ISBN 1-85454-205-2, p. 8
  5. ^ Ed. by Sonnet Stanfill, (2013), "From Club to Catwalk – 80's Fashion", V&A Publishing, ISBN 978-1-851-77725-9, p12
  6. ^ Ed. by Sonnet Stanfill, (2013), "From Club to Catwalk – 80's Fashion", V&A Publishing, ISBN 978-1-851-77725-9, p. 29
  7. ^ "Exhibitions". Helenandcolindavid.com. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Ensemble | Helen David English Eccentrics | V&A Search the Collections". Collections.vam.ac.uk. 27 July 1997. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Cosmetic packaging | Helen David English Eccentrics | V&A Search the Collections". Collections.vam.ac.uk. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Blouse | Museum of London". Collections.museumoflondon.org.uk. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Shirt | Museum of London". Collections.museumoflondon.org.uk. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Waistcoat | Museum of London". Collections.museumoflondon.org.uk. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Scarf | Museum of London". Collections.museumoflondon.org.uk. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  14. ^ "Littman, Helen | The Art Institute of Chicago". Artic.edu. Retrieved 19 March 2014.

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