'COMPETENT DESIGNER WANTED. For high-class printed and woven fabrics. Ladies need not apply'
This advertisement placed by the Silver Studio in the Daily Telegraph in 1899 illustrates that even at the turn of the twentieth century there was resistance to women's involvement in professional textile design.
After 1912, women at the Silver Studio began to achieve significant victories by being employed as staff designers and in seeing their work for sale in the drapery departments of leading department stores. Yet, the evidence of their working life suggests that in some respects, their position remained marginalized from the mainstream design profession, both in the type of work they were offered and in their working conditions and wages. When the manufacturer Franklin and Franklin wrote to Rex in 1928 requesting that his designers sign their work, Rex's response was to ask Winifred Mold to design a monogram of his own initials (RMS) to use as a printed signature on Silver Studio designs.