Liberty’s at the Fashion and Textile Museum. The other day Gentlemans Butler was part of a select group of journalists being taken around
The Liberty in Fashion exhibition at the
Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF
020 7407 8664
There are of course those die hard fashionistas out there that has The Devil Wears Prada on speed dial and has a bed made from Vogue magazines. Though an interesting idea, by the way that’s now copy written!! Gentlemans Butler wants to introduce you to events and exhibitions that are interesting, and enjoyable and can be part of a morning or afternoon out.
Firstly I would be heading to the Fashion and Textile museum because of the area. An area I do not visit a massive amount but every time I do, I say to myself I should return. I had just had a breakfast meeting at the Mondrian Hotel
in the old sea containers building where I had had a lovely farmers breakfast. From there I headed along a wonderful walk, as there is so much going on in this area, full of creativity and change, old jarring with new, giving a really beautiful feel.
Walking straight past the Shard, a few minutes later one arrive on Bermondsey Street you will find The Fashion and Textile Museum
The exhibition opened on the 9 October 2015 and runs until the 28 February 2016
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.
It’s the first proper Liberty retrospective since the 1970’s and takes you on a journey from Liberty’s inception, the changing face of clothing and gender, through the war years where Liberties large stock of material was both lucky for them and its customers and headed into the world of the teenager and pop.
You will see beauty, art, nostalgia and for me some memories.
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
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm
Thursdays until 8pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing
This is exactly what I would do. Have an earliesh start, head for breakfast, wander along and enjoy a captivating exhibition which if you of a certain age will bring back memories and otherwise possibly inspire you both with your wardrobe, interiors and views on society and then go for a wander to find some quirky shops and a good cup of coffee.
Highly enjoyable methinks