Liberty in Fashion the exhibition
On a rare weekend kept purely free for a bit of me time, I decided to venture to the Fashion and Textile Museum to immerse myself in everything Liberty!
Liberty and its iconic prints have firmly been a part of the British fashion scene for the past 140 years. Founded by Arthur Lasenby Liberty, the company started off as a warehouse importing textiles. It later expanded into areas such as furniture, ceramics and costumes. It was much later, 50 years to be precise, on the 24th of October that Liberty, as we know it, opened its doors in the iconic Tudor building designed by Edwin Thomas Hall and his son. The building itself is built from two 19th century battleships the HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan.
The Liberty fashion exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum takes us through the different influential eras of Liberty from Artist Dressing , The Art Nouveu Revival and Swinging Liberty.
My favourite and most interesting part of the exhibition was exploring and learning about The Art of Pattern, and work of Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell (1961-1977)
Susan Collier was a skilled painter and self-taught painter who began selling her designs to Liberty back in the 1960s. It was later in 1968 that she joined the Liberty team and went on to become the print’s Design and Colour Consultant. Susan’s sister, Sarah Campbell, post graduating, joined the Liberty team having sold her first design to Liberty from her graduation show. Being one to never miss an opportunity to meet a talented artist, I grabbed the chance and was lucky to meet and speak to Sarah Campbell about her vast collection.
Not wanting to give any more away! If you are into fashion and want to indulge in a bit of Liberty history, then head on over to the Fashion and Textile Museum. The Liberty in Fashion Exhibition is on display until the 28th of February 2016. To book tickets online, click here.
Mrs J xx