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Liberty in Fashion exhibition at The Great British Sewing Bee Live

By Mark Hayhurst 07 Jul 2017

London’s Fashion and Textile Museum will present a stunning exhibition of archive Liberty pieces at The Great British Sewing Bee Live this September.

From romantic, densely patterned garments from the post-war 1930s to the Art Nouveau revival of the 1950s and Swinging 1960s, then Seventies Pastoralism with its characteristic smocking, the collection has been curated specially for The Great British Sewing Bee Live by the Fashion and Textile Museum.

The exhibition showcases the work of Liberty Art Fabrics and the textile design studio and demonstrates Liberty’s strong relationships with designers, including collaborations with Jean Muir and Mary Quant.

Liberty has been a part of the British landscape since its founding by Arthur Lasenby Liberty 140 years ago. Originally a warehouse supplying fashionable goods from the Far East, Liberty soon established a distinct style and approach. Its contribution to British fashion, both that produced by the company and its impact on the work of other designers, is celebrated in the Liberty in Fashion exhibition.

Dennis Nothdruft, Curator of The Fashion and Textile Museum says: “‘Liberty has long held a unique place in British culture. Not only has it sold fashion produced in the store, it has sold Liberty Art Fabrics directly to the home sewer and actively encouraged the making of garments from their distinctive textiles. It even provided a cutting service for homemakers to bring in their patterns to be cut in Liberty fabrics.”

The Great British Sewing Bee Live takes place at ExCel London from September 21-24.


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