ARCHIVE

Our Industry Design Source

Richard Allan established his business in Mayfair in 1962 and produced an exceptional range and quantity of cutting-edge designs from the 60s until his retirement in the 1980s.  Our archive comprises many hundreds of original designs awaiting reinterpretation for the 21st century.

We are gradually expanding our own Limited Edition retail ranges and have conducted both collaborations and licensing projects with retailers and manufacturers worldwide including the likes of H&M and Harper’s Bazaar. 

Please do contact us to discuss potential ideas and developments.

info@richardallanlondon.co.uk

+44 (0)7877 784 323


Books

The Richard Allan Archive is a privately owned design resource comprising hundreds of designs from the 1960s-80s, all unused for the past thirty years and as timeless and fresh as the day they were created.

It includes a vast range of fashion designs, often classified today as ‘wearable art’ and a number of corporate and heritage designs.  These range from Henley Royal Regatta to Rank Films, from the Historic Buildings of London to designs inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and William Morris. 

The Archive is available for collaborations with academics, fashion designers, gallerists, interior designers and for retail product designers.

We are open to discussion for contributions for exhibitions and publication.

We have featured scarves in a number of recent books including the Thames & Hudson compendium ‘Scarves’,  where a Richard Allan scarf was used for the cover, books on vintage fashion and a recent French publication ‘Foulards du Mouchoir au Carre de Soie’ published this year.

Collaborations

Since launching we have worked with H&M to create a sell-out fashion collection based on 1960s designs, marketed in seventy countries.

We have recently collaborated with Harper’s Bazaar, creating a contemporary version of a scarf that was modelled as the cover image of the magazine in 1964.

This Autumn we have created a special edition large silk square ‘Breaking Free’ for Cure3 – an exhibition to raise funds for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust – in collaboration with Bonhams, Bond Street.  This was both framed as an artwork and available to wear.

We have historically produced scarves for the Heritage sector including our London scarf, ‘Scottish Castles’, a commemoration of the Mersey Tunnel, and privately owned properties such as Easton Grey, Wiltshire.

Please contact us to discuss your ideas for exciting projects.


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Licensing

The Richard Allan archive is a privately owned design resource comprising hundreds of designs from the 1960s-1980s, all unused for the past thirty years and as timeless and fresh as the day they were created.

All designs may be used in original colours or re-coloured for a more contemporary vision.  Similarly they may be re-scaled or combined with compatible designs on any product, material or surface – the possibilities are endless. 

The Richard Allan archive is available for licensing of designs for a broad range of uses.  Please contact us to discuss potential projects.

Exhibitions & Shows

Richard Allan London launched its gallery collection in Mayfair, in homage to the original business.  This selection of limited edition archival prints was well received by press and magazines.  An exhibition of eighteen re-coloured framed originals followed at the Piper Building in Fulham, London, in context with John Piper’s huge artwork facades.

Our ‘Manhattan’ scarf starred in a group textile design exhibition ‘Textile Visionaries of Modern Art’ curated by Gray MCA in Mayfair, alongside designs by Picasso, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and contemporaries such as Vivienne Westwood and Cressida Bell.

We have recently collaborated with curators Artwise and Bonhams, Bond Street, to create a large special edition silk square ‘Breaking Free’.  Two colour ways were also framed to great effect for the Cure3 group exhibition of international artists, followed by a sale to raise funds for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust.

This wonderful scarf is available in our online shop and at Fenwick, Bond Street. (All profits donated to The Cure Parkinson’s Trust).


Enquiries

The Richard Allan Archive is available for licensing of designs for a broad range of uses.  Please contact us to discuss potential projects.

info@richardallanlondon.co.uk

+44 (0)7877 784 323