Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - THE CULTURE -

by Anna Bu­ruma The legacy of Brit fash­ion mas­ter Lib­erty Lon­don

is memo­ri­alised in a po­etic ex­hi­bi­tion. “I was de­ter­mined not to fol­low ex­ist­ing fash­ion but to cre­ate new ones,” says Lib­erty founder Arthur Lasenby Lib­erty once upon a time, in­spir­ing fash­ion devo­tees of his days and be­yond. To this, an ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled ‘Lib­erty in Fash­ion’ is staged in Lon­don’s Fash­ion and Tex­tile Mu­seum. It ex­plores the fash­ion mer­chant’s in­flu­ence on Bri­tish fash­ion, from the colour­ful days of Ori­en­tal­ism and Aes­thetic Dress of the 19th cen­tury, to the 20th cen­tury Art Nou­veau and Art Deco move­ments.

The ex­hi­bi­tion also marks the 140th an­niver­sary of his em­pire. Not only can vis­i­tors walk through the fash­ion­able his­tory of his be­com­ing, but they can also bask in the opu­lence of more than 150 dis­played gar­ments, tex­tiles, and ob­jects that are re­sp­re­sen­ta­tive of Lib­erty’s col­lab­o­ra­tions with de­sign­ers such as Yves Saint Lau­rent and Vivi­enne West­wood. Un­til Fe­bru­ary 28 at the Fash­ion and Tex­tile Mu­seum, Lon­don. www.ftm­lon­

Art Nou­veau fash­ion us­ing Con­stan­tia, 1961, from the book Lib­erty And Co. In The Fifties And


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