Yesterday we checked out this amazingly interesting exhibition called "Mad silkman" which was about Zikmund Ascher.
Let me tell you what wikipedia says about him.....
Zika Ascher's significant influence on the collections of major couturiers, such as Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent, is cited in The Vogue History of Twentieth-Century Fashion by Jane Mulvagh (London: Viking Penguin, 1988). Christian Dior referred to Ascher as "Mr Rose Pompom" after Ascher designed a beautiful rose-printed fabric in the 1950s, and used it extensively in the summer Haute Couture collection by Dior. Apollo magazine London published a six-page monograph on Ascher in 1987. His work was displayed at the first major retrospective of Balenciaga's work at the Silk Museum in Lyons 1986. One of the first John Galliano collections, "Les Incroyables", featured many yards of Ascher's cream cheesecloth, drenched in water.
An obituary in The Independent in 1992 credits Ascher with not only being the first to supply shaggy mohairs but also with introducing cheesecloths and romantic lacy fabrics to the catwalks of the late 1950s and mid-'60s.
It was mindblowing and really inspiring to see someone so influential but basically coming form almost nothing.
What an amazing experience and story that should be shared with everyone.