33 1/8 x 35 7/8 in
The Ascher’s limited each artist to design a scarf no larger than 36 x 36 inches (90 centimeters square) and were usually made using serigraphy, a type of screen printing. The initial creations were launched at the Britain Can Make It exhibition at the V&A in London in 1946, the first design exhibition after the end of the war, with the intention of energising post-war fashion with bright colours and bold designs. They became an instant hit, and Lida Ascher popularised Moore’s designs by presenting Three Standing Figures on the BBC in 1947.
However, they soon became works of art more often framed than worn, an idea that was facilitated when the Lefevre Gallery launched an exhibition of the scarves in 1947, which was followed up with a world tour as far afield as San Francisco, Montevideo and Sydney. Historically they are of particular importance as they mark one of the first endeavours to merge fashion and art for a mass audience.
Anita Feldman (ed.), Henry Moore Textiles, Lund Humphries, 2008, p.57 (another ex. illustrated).