Soie pirate – The History of Abraham Ltd. (Volume 1)
Edited by the Swiss National Museum
Verlag Scheidegger & Spiess
208 pages, 24 cm x 32.5 cm
Design by Prill & Vieceli, 2010
Intern: Anika Rosen
German Design Award 2012 / Silver
A pillar of Europe’s textile industry for much of the twentieth century, the Zurich-based silk company Abraham Ltd. designed fabrics for haute couture and prêt-à-porter. Its customers included the world-famous fashion houses BALENCIAGA, GIVENCHY, YVES SAINT LAURENT, CHANEL, DIOR, and UNGARO.
The Abraham fabrics that once dominated the catwalks and adorned international stars are now a glamorous reminder of a seminal epoch in European fashion history. Soie pirate showcases the fascinating story of a company that was anchored in the world of fashion, art, and the craftsmanship tradition. This lavishly illustrated two-volume work presents a hundred of the most beautiful fabric designs created by Abraham Ltd. together with other preciosities from the company’s outstanding textile archive such as fabric pattern books and designer dresses made.