Liberty in Fashion

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Liberty in Fashion

Celebrating the company's 140th anniversary, this exhibition of more than 150 garments, textiles and objects demonstrates Liberty's impact on British fashion. Liberty Art Fabrics is an internationally recognised leader in floral, paisley and patterned prints, and visitors will see how their work has influenced key trends and helped to make the department store a truly fashionable place to shop throughout the decades.

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As a devotee to the prints of Liberty, I had to pay a visit when I saw this exhibition pop up at the Fashion and Textile Museum. The entrance tells a little about the man behind the store, Arthur Lasenby Liberty, before moving on through the eras of fashion with a range of examples of the clothes they created. Beginning with the turn of the century there are some beautiful Oriental-inspired dresses and kimonos continuing through to the modern day. While there are some beautiful clothes, I was a little disappointed at the limited breadth of the items on offer, I must admit I expected a little more stuff to see, but most importantly the information about the designs and their creators. Liberty prints are iconic, instantly recognisable, and so I expected information about their creation; sketches, history behind their names etc. But sadly there was none of this. The clothes did seem a little like they were from one person's collection, for example there was an abundance of 70s dresses. There didn't seem to be a focal point to the exhibition e.g. A ball gown or something spectacular. The ending was also a tad disappointing, I don't think it truly reflected what Liberty has to offer today, it was all a bit drab. However, this does not detract from the beauty of the items on offer and I'm glad I visited. But I'm also glad that I had a 2-4-1 voucher as £9 each is a bit steep given my thoughts.

Fantastic insight into the creative genius of Arthur Lasenby Liberty - using artists to promote his work, a costume department to rival Paris, amazing prints, support for Spitalfields silk and natural dyes. Wonderful free tour last Friday lunchtime brought this beautiful exhibition alive - thank you.


I was honoured to attend the private view of this exhibition and have since been back once more. As a massive fan of both Liberty and the Fashion and Textile museum, I was eager to see this exhibition for months before it's opening - although compared to other exhibitions I've seen in the same space I was perhaps slightly disappointed at the lack of content. With the return of the Sarah Campbell/Susan Collier room being by far the best bit of the exhibition. That being said, don't rule out going, the clothes on display are absolutely gorgeous. I just would have liked to see maybe a bit more on the production or promotion sides of the items on display to put the pieces into a bit more of a context. Also, don't miss the giant drawing of Liberty in the first room, drawn by yours truly ;)