Since she celebrated her birthday this week, we wanted to feature one of the fabulous illustrations she produced as a student of Liverpool Art School. The image featured is a design for an evening gown in red crepe with a hooded cape, produced in February 1946. This is one of four such illustrations we hold in the Art School Archive, discovered in a collection of student work recently catalogued by one of our student interns.
Shirley Hughes, OBE, is an English author and illustrator who was born in West Kirby, on the Wirral Peninsula. She has written more than fifty books, which have sold more than 11.5 million copies, and has illustrated more than two hundred, some of the most famous of which feature the characters Alfie and Annie-Rose, and Dogger, the beloved toy dog of Dave.
Shirley Hughes studied Dress Design at the Liverpool School of Art from 1944 to 1946. In her autobiography “A Life Drawing”, she says “The art teaching I received there was a foundation in the real sense, something to build on.”. The Liverpool School of Art became part of Liverpool Polytechnic in 1971, and LJMU in 1992.