FR EE SPIRIT
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.ftmlondon.org
Art Nouveau fashion using Constantia, 1961, from the book Liberty And Co. In The Fifties And