Althea McNish (1924 – 2020) was amongst the first, if not the first, designer of African-Caribbean heritage to achieve international recognition.
Her designs injected much-needed colour and life into the post-war fashion and textiles industry from the 1950s onwards.
In 1951, 27-year-old Althea McNish moved with her mother from Port of Spain in Trinidad to London, where her father was working.
In 1959, after the trip to Essex she drew wheat her design Golden Harvest. This was her first design to be sold to a company and produced for furniture fabric. It was the company's best-selling design and continued to be well-liked for the next 20 years.