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.
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
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!