Liberty in Fashion

Liberty is my favourite shop in London, everytime you walk through the big wooden doors you can transport yourself into every decade the shop has stood in Regent Street, just like the ethos of the brand the building itself is a timeless celebration of all things finely crafted. 

  
Liberty fabrics have been with me all my life, furnishing my parents home and homemade clothes as a child, Mum always had a stash of bits and bobs in the craft drawer and I soon became a dab hand at spotting a Liberty design by the colourful prints or fine quality of the weave.

The Liberty exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum was something we had been excited to visit, getting up close to examples of the beautiful silks, fine embroidery and delicate smocking was bound to be good.

 

Liberty Dress

Liberty Dress

  
Liberty crepe

Liberty crepe


The early example is the video show the flowing loose Eastern inspired signature styles of Liberty of London, the above later pieces show the floral chintzy prints that we also remember as classics of the brand. Arthur Lasenby was hugely inspired by the imported goods of Japan and India, cuts, techniques and styles that were adopted by the arty fashionable crowd of the late 19th and early 20th century.

I especially loved spotting the designs by Collier and Campbell the masterminds behind the perfect designs produced in the 1960s and 1970s that encompassed the company ethos of traditional techniques and historical design while being throroughly modern and giving the 60s/70s a palette we now associate with their heyday. 

I was also super excited to see this shirt dress in the same art nouveau revival print I have on a dress in our Etsy shop 

Art Nouveau Revival

Art Nouveau Revival


Liberty prints never go out of fashion despite often being bold and bright, like an oriental silk or Indian tapestry true craftmam ship and design doesn’t date. We will forever be hunting out Liberty prints!

  

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Silk Painting with Sarah Campbell

I’ll admit it, I still haven’t seen the Liberty in Fashion exhibition at the  Fashion and Textile Museum As always the weeks pass by and times are busy, the event I was most sad to miss put on by this exhibition was a talk by half of Liberty’s power couple textile design team, Sarah Campbell.  With her sister Susan Collier they created reams of exciting and non conformist textile designs in exciting colourways commisioned most famously by  Liberty but also used by Yves Saint Laurent and contemporary designers like John Bates and Jean Muir. Think of a favorite jolly Liberty print and they did it. 

 

Collier Campbell Design Archive

Collier Campbell Design Archive

 
My on the ball London pal, scarf designer Iszi at Harlig Life spotted a 2 day scarf painted course with Sarah Campbell herself! What a treat! We both signed up and headed down to Morley College for day 1 

Sarah Campbell  Designs

Sarah Campbell Designs

 
Here is the master at work, wearing her work! I loved routing through her collection of scarves and sketchbooks too, the best thing I learnt from Sarah was to be free to let the materials do the work, for example letting the ink spread on the loose gauze of the silk, even watering colours down a little or pressing a little harder. Its liberating to see what the ink can do rather than putting a proverbial leash on it to try and control it. Blobs, lines, splats and blurs are all welcome in her teachings! 

 

Initial Sketching

Inital Sketching


We first sketched out what we thought we might like to paint on our scarves, as always my mind changed a million times and I actually just wanted to hear Sarah’s stories but I soon got into it! My rather organised ideas soon got more organic as I saw what the silk carried best 
 
Experiments

Experiments

  
mark making

mark making


I enjoyed all the prep, stretching out the silk, choosing colours and was very excited to do my actual scarf the following week.

Sarah has a few lovely books out and I enjoyed spotting fabrics I have sold over the years, on scarves curtains and clothes. I also have a huge vintage scarf collection and was super intersted to hear the textile twosome had designed for Jacmar and Richard Allen, two of my favourite, quality silk scarf producers. The colours were always beautifully matched and so vivid so it made sense they would be involved! 

I plumped for an English breakfast themed scarf, I decided I could try out lots of techniques we’d learnt with the different key elements of a fry up!

   
 
The too snap is of the gutta all drawn out, it is like masking fluid to stop the ink spreading too far. I encouraged the drips and blurs, I particularly liked my egg yolk!

  
 I think my mushrooms came out well too!

Finally I am off to see The Liberty in Fashion exhibition on Friday, I will enjoy it even more now I’ve met the lovely lady behind these colourful designs, but which Liberty print shall I wear?!?

This item that is a Collier Campbell is still for sale here in out Etsy shop!

Liberty Print Dress

Liberty Print Dress

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LIBERTY a book review

If you love vintage clothing its most likely you love Liberty of London. Fabric designs and textures are a key way to aging vintage clothing and a mouth watering temptation to us vintage dealers! We have a few vintage Liberty pieces available in the shop here such as this gorgeous unworn outfit, still with the Liberty swing tag!

 

Liberty

Liberty of London

 
Jo, the co author of our book Wearable Vintage Fashion bought me the book Liberty a few years ago, it is one of my favourite fashion books due to its fun and interactive layout. 

Liberty

Liberty


The book definitely concentrates on images but has just enough text to go through the history of the store, the different products and designers, and of course a lot about the textiles. What I love is the envelopes containing reproductions of the advertising pamphlets, old letters, posters and articles in each section. Its so appropriate for such a tactile and design led brand. The quality of the printing is pretty good too.  

envelope examples!

envelope examples!


Of course, there is a large section on the iconic Liberty scarf, their signature designed silk squares deserve a book of there own but they successfully get enough past, present and future detail into the centre section of the book.

  

Scarf Art

Scarf Art


I am super excited to be doing a scarf design course with Sarah Campbell in December who co designed the famous Bauhaus print for Liberty, which is of course mentioned in the book. 

Bauhaus

Bauhaus

    I couldn’t write this post without mentioning the exhibition currently on at the Fashion and Textile museum in London, focusing on Liberty in Fashion, visit the website for details
This fab book is still available to buy through Amazon a fun book that gets the text/imagery balance perfect for me (lots of pictures!)

Heres another few Liberty items we have for sale right now

 

Liberty print 2 piece

Liberty print 2 piece

  
Liberty Veruna Wool

Liberty Veruna Wool

 

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Get the Goodwood Look: 1940s Style

Leading up to the wonderous Goodwood Revivalevent in Chichester we are going to focus on ‘getting the look’ so not only the cars will be ‘wowing’ that weekend!

 

Vintage fun at Goodwood Revival

Work and play at Goodwood Revival


Having traded for the last 4 years of the event we have some great ideas and tips for getting the right look for the weekend. Ok, not looking so sophisticated in the photo above but it does highlight the fun to be had, so don’t let outfit pitfalls spoil the days spirits!
 
1940s pattern

1940s pattern

 
There are loads of brilliant videos and images to help you get your outfit together, so we’re going to try to tailor your ideas to the occasion of Goodwood Revival. The above outfits featured on an authentic 1940s dress pattern are perfect for the weekend, the weather has been predictably changeable the last few years so an outfit that incorperates a jacket or coat is ideal, a tailored suit is a good look that will be weather proof. A gorgeous summer dress won’t look so great with a cagoul thrown over it in a rain emergency so a fitted jacket or stylish swing coat is era appropriate, or atleast a cardigan and vintage style umbrella will do the job!

 

1940s suit

1940s suit

  
1940s day dress

1940s day dress

  
Warm 1940s sheepskin coat

Warm 1940s sheepskin coat


The above images were snaps taken at a 1940’s fashion show we curated, all the outfits were put together with authentic and 40s looking items, it doesn’t all have to be from the era, you’ll spot more moderm items that are very much influenced by the 1940 silhouette that aren’t true vintage.

Here is our top 5 survival tips for girls for the Goodwood Revival weekend:

  • Think about your outerwear, a warm coat or jacket in case its not the Indian summer we’d like
  • Wearable shoes, theres lots of walking to be done so don’t wear heels you can’t handle, or new shoes you’ve not worn in. Vintage shoes can really make the look but beware they are old so check soles are stable and seams are strong, you don’t want a heel falling off over lunch, and we’ve seen this more than once!
  • Spare stockings/tights, ladders do happen or you may want to double up as the chilly evening sets in 
  • If you’re going authentic check fabric is strong, inspect seams and zips, older items can be fragile and a full days wear can be too much for an old zipper, ensure your outfit is truelly wearable so as not to ruin your day with emergency make do and mend or an expensive last minute alternative!
  • Plasters, safety pins, paracetamol, in case your shoes rub, that zip breaks and the noisy car engines give you a headache! 

Going for a modern outfit that has ‘the 40s look’ isn’t frowned upon but a few authentic accesories will take it to the next level and add originality, visit our shop for ideas, click on the images for more details:

 

1940s hat

1940s hat

  
Shoes appropriate for a 40s look

Shoes appropriate for a 40s look

  
1940s handbag

1940s handbag


We have produced a fab little video to help you get a very British 1940s look, take a peek here 
Next week we’ll focus on how to get a great 1950s look for Goodwood Revival.

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Weekend Vintage Shopping Treat

The British summer is really showing itself up with the relentless rain! We haven’t booked many big festivals this summer so have been relieved of the leaky marquee/boggy field/dampshopper worries! 

We are trading at the Severn Valley Railway Sounds of the 60s weekend, we will be bringing only relevent stock to sell…OK we might sneak in a bit of late 50s and early 70s but are looking forward to seeing the no doubt impeccible Mods and their beautiful wheels of choice! 

Follow the link above for details and hopefully see you there on the weekend of the 15th August. 

Meanwhile, here’s a treat to while away the rainy days, 20% off with code RAINYDAY at checkout in our online Etsy shop until Sunday 26th July.

Etsy shop discounts!

Etsy shop discount code

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Gingham Style

Gingham fabric sits in the same pile as Breton stripes and chinese silks, classic textiles that are always stylish and don’t need to be in fashion. It is a sign of fresh, breezy summer days whether gathered in a skirt or spread across a cafe table! Spring/Summer collections for this year saw lots of gingham, we especially loved Diane Von Furstenburg’s take  
 

DVF Gingham

DVF Gingham

 
This woven fabric had been used since the 1600’s and interestingly doesnt have a ‘wrong side’ due to the weave technique. 
The above styles are very retrospective, definite 50s and 60s influence. We have a few gingham pieces in our Etsy shop from different eras, this 1950s full skirt dress is perfect for a picnic or a bit of a rock n roll!

 

1950s Gingham

1950s Gingham

 
Another of this summers trends, and hey its only July so still time to wear it, is 1970s classic silhouettes, mostly the flare, whether its your jeans or a maxi dress like this

 

1970s Gingham Maxi Dress

1970s Gingham Maxi Dress

 
The next gingham dress is a great example of how classic this fabric is. The dress is handmade and from construction was made in the early 70s, but with the fitted waist and pretty hemline it could be 1930s with a bolero up to the 90s with a denim jacket! 

   

Pink gingham dress

Pink gingham dress

 
We don’t like to forget our little ones either, we love children’s vintage and gingham is super cute on little girls, I can just see this with some mary janes and white ankle socks!

 

Girls French Gingham dress

Girls French Gingham dress


 

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Liberty of London

We love the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, we go to most of the exhibitions and are very much looking forward to a planned day out for the Riviera Style Swimwear and Beachwear show thats currently on until SeptemberWe had an email about the Autumn plan at the museum and are very excited to hear its Liberty in fashion. Like most vintage fans its impossible not to be attracted to the history, style and provinence of all things Liberty of London so an exhibition exploring its impact within fashion in Britian will be brilliant. I feel I can spot the printing, colours and feel of a Liberty textile a mile off, such distinct quality, very useful skill at a jumble sale! The shop itself is awe inspiring and I always make time to browse the scarf hall when in the capital, looking down at the tables laid with sumptuous silks and up at the levels of carved wood structure balconies that is Liberty of London.

 

Liberty of London from Wikipedia

Liberty of London from Wikipedia

 
Anything from this worldwide favourite sells quick but we have a few things in our Etsy shop at the moment, these first two outfits are unworn, new but old stock with the original tag! 

Vintage Liberty of London

Vintage Liberty of London

 
 Take a better look here at this paisley two piece.

vintage Liberty paisley fabric

vintage Liberty paisley fabric

I am especially fond of their fine tana lawn cottons in beatifully printed chintzy florals, and of course the famous Hera Peacock design print on the smooth light veruna wool. this dress is made from Veruna wool, I havent managed to track down this print yet but am sure of its origin.. 

 

vintage veruna wool by Liberty

vintage Veruna wool by Liberty

 
This is available in our Etsy shop too!

The exhibition about Liberty in Fashion starts on the 9th October. 

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Don’t get in a flapper about that 1920s party, wear Ghost!

The most popular eras we are asked for at the moment are the 1920s and 1930s. People are hosting flapper 21st parties, Downton Abbey themed anniversary celebrations and Great Gatsby weddings and the dress code at the bottom of the invite can really stump people!

️Original dresses from the 20s and 30s can be delicate, expensive and difficult to source so we like to think a little outside the box to dress to impress. The British brand Ghost is perfect for this…

1930s style Ghost dress

1930s style statuesque shocking pink gown

Ghost was started by Tanya Sarne in 1984 and uses vintage look fabrics such as viscose and georgette in vintage influenced designs. Using ️classic shapes that flatter most body shapes and wearable fabrics Ghost has become a design standard of its own that’s stood the test of time.

1920s look crepe dress

1920s style cranberry crepe dress by Ghost

The above dress is bias cut crepe viscose with embroidery and a frilly shawl collar, all features key to 20s styles, click Here to see more pictures, or click any of the pictures to see our Ghost selection on sale now.

When putting together a 20s or 30s look heres a few things to look for;

  • BIAS CUT fabric is cut diagonally along the grain to change its nature to slighty stretch and hug the bodies curves
  • LUXURIOUS FABRICS drapey, sleek fabrics like silk, satin and fine cottons and crepes
  • EMBELLISHMENT beading, embroidery, sequins and fringing, they loved to ‘guild the lily’ when it came to evening and formal wear
1920s 1930s bias cut dress

Seafoam crepe bias cut Ghost dress

This sheath dress above is a good example of bias cutting and has the sexy figure hugging look, like a lady has been ‘poured into her dress’ as said by famous 1920s fashion designer Fortuna.

1920s 1930s Ghost dress

ephemeral lilac 1920s 1930s feel dress

So if you’ve been invited to a vintage themed event rather than look directly on the high street, look out for these pre loved beauties by Ghost that will stand up to a night of shimmying and not end up in shreds on the dance floor! 

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1970s Mad Men Style

We love 1970s fashion here at SHR and have been excited to watch the latest Mad Men episodes with all that classic 1970s style!

We have loads of gorgeous 1970s maxi dresses, tunics and two pieces, not to mention jackets and knits and of course ponchos in our Etsy Shop! We’ve items that would be perfect for Betty, Joan, Peggy and Megan!

Click the links to browse our 1970s shop section HERE and the 1960s section HERE for super Seventies and late Sixties treats. We’ve got daywear, evening dresses, office wear and something cocktail hour – perfect if you’re mad on Mad Men Fashion!

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Country Living Magazine

I’ve been included in an article in Country Living Magazine!

CountryLivingMagIt’s highlighting women who have turned their passions in life into money making businesses. They thought our story about changing the direction of Second Hand Rose from a physical shop to an online and mobile business was particularly inspiring.

I met the author of the article when I was interviewed at the Hay Literature Festival about our book Wearable Vintage Fashion. She remembered our story and now it’s in this month’s May edition, available to buy now!

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