Liberty in Fashion

I was so pleased to be able to attend Liberty in Fashion – an exhibition at The Fashion & Textile Museum which held over 150 garments, textiles and objects demonstrating Liberty’s strong relationships with designers since 1875, from Arthur Silver of Silver Studio to collaborations with Jean Muir, Cacharel, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood. As a textile student, I’m always admiring Libertys floral, paisley and patterned prints especially as they’ve been at the cutting edge of design and the decorative arts since 1875. The exhibition explores Liberty’s impact on British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early 20th century, and the revival of these styles since the 1950s. What also struck me to be rather beautiful was a wall hanging of peacock feathers and indian lanterns. These pictures I took myself and are my favourite items from the exhibition.

“I was determined not to follow existing fashion but to create new ones.” Arthur Lasenby Liberty

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