Monday, 20 September 2010

Designer Vintage Clothing Profile - Janice Wainwright

Janice Wainwright was born in Chesterfield in 1940 and studied at Wimbledon School of Art, Kingston School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. Her 1960s work was youthful, bright and feminine and she was also, the only other designer permitted to use Celia Birtwell's printed textiles in the 1960s (Ossie greatly respected Janice as a designer).

In 1970 she started her own label 'Janice Wainwright at Forty Seven Poland Street' which continued until around 1974. Her Poland Street era's work is what has become the signature Wainwright look - using wonderful jerseys, chiffons and crepes for beautiful bias cut dresses, stylishly tailored suits and glamourous top and skirt ensembles. At this point she also began to use embroidery extensively in her work; both in art deco inspired motifs and intricately designed birds and flowers.

From around 1974, her work began to bear the simpler 'Janice Wainwright' label - although sometimes the two labels turn up in the same ensemble so they must have had a crossover period.