Event date: Friday 12 February 2016, 11:30am
Discover the origins of Liberty & Co. as an importer of exotic goods, and the company’s unique contribution to British art, craft and design. From Japanese silks to ‘Umritzur’ Cashmere and Hello Kitty print collaborations, textiles have been at the heart of Liberty’s success for over 140 years. Drawing on archive material, Dennis Nothdruft examines the key features and different styles of Liberty fashion and textiles, as they evolved.
Arthur Lasenby Liberty’s Oriental Bazaar opened on Regent Street in 1875, close to the current department store, in a building he named the East India House. Liberty’s original offering was imported fabric, and this rapidly expanded to include a variety of imported objects, mainly from Japan. Liberty was quick to anticipate demand for goods from other countries, and he travelled extensively in the Far East and North Africa to source high quality items to sell. Yet Liberty soon began to seek out manufacturers in the UK to produce designs sympathetic to the Liberty style and the influence of the East.
This highly-illustrated talk features illustrations from Liberty catalogues since the nineteenth century which show how the products and promotional styles of the company developed. Learn about the designers and manufacturers who worked with the company, and how their imaginative designs and high-quality production created some of the most beautiful and enduring textiles of the last 140 years.
This talk is free with entry to the exhibition ‘Liberty in Fashion’, currently showing at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London.
Exhibition tickets: £9 adults / £7 concessions / £6 students
Numbers are limited for this event, please book early to avoid disappointment.
For more information, visit the website of the Fashion and Textile Museum, London.