Liberty Art Fabrics & Fashion
28 July 2018 – 12 January 2019
A major retrospective celebrating the innovative retailer and design studio, Liberty London.
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’.