How different can decorative fabrics really be? Those who know Schumacher’s know the answer. A stellar example is “Swiss Guards” by Vera, a painted silk antique gauze that sparkles with color and design ingenuity. In gold, silver, blue, lilac haze, white, squirrel brown… each with its own complementary wallpaper.
We remember Vera Neumann mainly for her scarves, but her original endeavor was silk printing placemats and linen napkins. About the time she printed her first scarf, she entered into what was the first of her licensing agreements. In 1947 F. Schumacher & Co., which specialized in home decorator fabrics, supplied Vera’s print company, Printex, with 10,000 yards of fabric. Vera designed the fabric which was printed by Printex and marketed by Schumacher.
The collaboration was a huge success and continued for ten years. When the Trumans redecorated the White House in 1952, the solarium on the third floor was outfitted with one of Vera’s designs for Schumacher. It was all thrown out by Jackie Kennedy when she turned the room into a classroom and playroom for Caroline in 1961.
UPDATE: Vera also designed fabric for Schumacher in the 1970s. Thanks to Pam at Glamoursurf for bringing this to my attention.