Liberty Art Fabrics & Fashion

Dovecot Studios

28 July 2018 – 12 January 2019

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A major retrospective celebrating the innovative retailer and design studio, Liberty London.

Liberty of London, Kaftan, silk and satin with embroidery, 1960

Featuring over 100 garments and fabrics spanning 140 years, this exhibition explores how textiles bring art into everyday life. Liberty’s history as a source for key trends is charted, including Aestheticism, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Pop and Psychedelia.

The exhibition presents a historical survey, from early garments inspired by the Far East and the Artistic Dress popularised by the Pre-Raphaelites, through to the iconic designs of the Swinging Sixties, nostalgic Arts & Crafts revivals of the 1970s and botanical prints from the 21st century.

Throughout its history, Liberty’s studio collaborations with textile and fashion innovators, including Yves Saint Laurent, Mary Quant, Jean Muir and Vivienne Westwood, have secured the company’s global reputation as the source and originator of key trends and design revivals. Such is the fame of Liberty that in Italy the Art Nouveau style became known as the ‘Stile Liberty’.

Venue information

Opening times

Gallery & Shop
Mon – Sat: 10.30am – 5.30pm

Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony
Mon – Fri 12 – 3pm
Sat 10.30am – 5.30pm

See individual event listings for specific opening hours.

Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat 10am – 5pm

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