Horrockses was founded in Preston in 1791 as a cotton manufacturer. In 1946, the company started Horrockses Fashions Limited. The clothing was designed by designers in London using the cotton made in Preston. Most of the garments were made from cotton but some of them was made with other materials made by other people. In the 1950s, Horrockses was popular for the colourful cotton floral prints. These dresses were not just popular in Britain as they were imported to America. These dresses weren’t cheap and were well made. Horrockses focused on making womenswear, beach wear, house coats and children’s wear. The company collaborated with contemporary artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi, Alastair Morton and Graham Sutherland to create designs for their fabrics. The company’s top designers left in 1958 and the company was sold in 1964. The label just discontinued in 1983.