Hey hey hey my Loves! How is everybody? This is probably the fastest post in the History of my blog, I visited the exhibition just about two hours ago and took all those pictures with my iPhone. I wasn’t really prepared to post this on Couture Department, but since I had to make a blog post anyway about is for my college, I thought, why not just post it here as well?
CNCollege is going crazy right now, so much to do, so less time, but during the next week, I will spare some time to work on some more blog posts for you. I just hope you enjoy the little journey to my college work down below, kisses!
The first time we probably all recognized the long heritage of Liberty was when we entered the store for the very first time, from outside it just seems to be an old building, black and white wooden details that are more breathtaking than anything else in this street near Oxford and Regents Street. Even more stunning, after passing the wonderful flower boutique at the main entrance, the first glimpse inside, vintage feelings are spreading out of the walls, a sense of luxury is snatched and we all feel a little bit like we would just have entered grandma’s treasure box.
The more you walk through this giant but not too big department store, the more you realize, this is not just a normal shopping place for the upper class.
With 140 years of history, Liberty is one of the most famous places in London, maybe even Britain, but not just for its store, there is something even more important, much bigger.
The Liberty print, probably the most well-known fabric over the country right after Scottish tartans, is the reason we fall in love with this exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum running till the end of February.
Beautiful displayed, curator Dennis Nothdruft takes us on a journey through British printing history, from the very beginning when Arthur Lasenby Liberty opened his warehouse via sewing kits until today’s range , with various designer collaborations keeping Liberty prints in our minds. These don’t include the usual high end brands you’d normally think of, no, Liberty has been working with H&M, Vans, Supreme, Nike, Fred Perry or Topshop & Kate Moss.
The exhibition shows some of the best works Liberty produced yet, dresses, coats, kimonos and children’s wear, traveling with us through the last one and a half century. A real treasure for the eyes.
Silk crepe de chine with embroidered details.
Silk with velvet ribbons and bow with appliqué color detail.
Traditional embroiled Kimono with Butterflies. This Fashion was very popular.
Kimonos where very important at Liberty's even worn by assistants, and still featured till today.
Embroided Silk with hand knotted fringe. Created from imported Chinese shawls, shows the influence of Eastern textiles.
Silk embroiled net with old thread and glass buttons, a very fine example of Liberty's work.
Kate Moss for Topshop
Kate Moss's collaborations with Toyshop began in 2009 and have continued to be a huge high street success. Liberty prints have been the inspiration for a number of her designs.