Esther Fitzgerald
Rare Textiles

28 Church Row
London NW3 6UP   
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Maria Gallenga was born in 1880 and was the mentor of Italian Futurists.
She was an artist, surrounded by thinking people of her day. She married Peter Gallenga a medical professor at the University in Rome. He was one of the first people to research cancer but also helped her develop the technique of stencilling gold onto velvet.
In 1914 she began to make clothes and textiles. In 1915 she visited the San Francisco Panama - Pacific exhibition.
In 1923 she won the Silver Medal in the Monza Design Exhibition.
In 1925 she designed and exhibited in the Italian Pavilion at Exposition International des Art Decorative et Industrial in Paris. Here she won the Grand Prix for stencilled textiles. More exceptional because the prominent Italian designer of the time was Mario Fortuny.
In 1928 she opened " Boutique Italian in Rue Mimomisnil in Paris. It remained open until 1934.
She died in 1944.