Let’s Talk About It: Conversational Prints

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Geometry, florals, abstract, animal prints are all well-known and talked about from season to season. There is however a pattern design that all of us wear but not necessarily give it any thought. A design with recognizable objects in the motif like animals (not skins, but actual animals), plants, fruits, musical instruments, travel symbols etc etc is known as conversational or object print.

When nautical theme in fashion re-emerges we see the resurgence of maritime insignia, anchors, yachts and ropes allover dresses, blouses and jackets.

Dating back to the 1800s manufacturing of fabrics with conversational prints evolved over the years. Recognizable images on fabric were first created to appeal to children: alphabets, numerical prints, toys and early Disney characters of the 1900s like Mickey Mouse and the gang, 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were sewn on quilts, pyjamas and other baby clothes.

1940s marked the introduction of product logo printing, which is so popular today and known as logomania trend.

Historic events, popular products and even celebrities found their place on textiles.

The variety of themes on clothes found today is endless, the same motif can be done in a childish manner or completely grown-up, almost photo-print style.

From playful and uplifting to serious and office-appropriate conversational prints live in our closets all year round.

by Olga Permyakova

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Cover Photo: Neil Snape

Style: Victoria Kolotova

Muah: Caroline Madison

Model: Polina Pavlikova


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