Liberty and Co. in the Fifties and Sixties
Thursday 14 January, 6–8pm
With Liberty archivist Anna Buruma
Hear the history of the world-famous London style and design institution Liberty and Co. during the 1950s and 1960s from Liberty archivist and expert Anna Buruma.
Accompanied by rare illustrations from the Liberty archive, Anna Buruma will document how Liberty learned from its mistakes and, indeed, successes to remain one of London’s most revered retailers for over 140 years.
The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer; the talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.30pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including the chance to ask questions at the end. It is followed by a book signing. Ticket includes admission to LIBERTY IN FASHION exhibition and guests are welcome to view the exhibition before or after the event.
Anna Buruma is the author of ‘Liberty and Co. in the Fifties and Sixties’. She works as a freelance researcher and has been the archivist at Liberty since 1995 and curator at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design since 2005.
Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.
For more information and to book online go here
“I was determined not to follow existing fashion but to create new ones.” Arthur Lasenby Liberty.
Liberty has been at the cutting edge of design and the decorative arts since 1875. The exhibition explores Liberty’s impact on British fashion, from Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early 20th century, and the revival of these styles since the 1950s. Liberty Art Fabrics and the textile design studio take centre stage as the internationally recognised leader in floral, paisley and patterned prints and dress fabrics.
Liberty in Fashion celebrates the 140th anniversary of the company. The exhibition charts Liberty’s history as ‘the’ fashionable place to shop as well as its role as the source and originator of key trends in fashion history. Over 150 garments, textiles and objects demonstrate Liberty’s strong relationships with designers since 1875, from Arthur Silver of Silver Studio to collaborations with Jean Muir, Cacharel, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.
Exhibition Dates: 9 October 2015 – 28 February 2016
For details about the exhibition and the programme of event go here.