Georgina von Etzdorf, Liberty & Co

Thursday 21 January / 6–8pm

Meet Georgina von Etzdorf and explore the evolution of her textile business from hand screen printing on silks at home to 21st century techniques with international collaborators. Hear about the role Liberty played in commissioning von Etzdorf, while she was still a student, the innovative techniques she pioneered and her work on a major retrospective exhibition of the company at Manchester City Art Gallery in 2006.

Famous for silk scarves, velvet gowns and a distinctive approach to colour and printing, Georgina von Etzdorf textiles was created as a hands-on design enterprise in the tradition of the Arts and Crafts movement. A graduate of Camberwell School of Art in 1977, von Etzdorf spent several years as a freelance designer before she, Jonathan Docherty and Martin Simcock founded the Georgina von Etzdorf Partnership in 1981. Within three years, the Partnership launched as a fashion label and in 1985 the team produced their first full clothing collection followed by shops in Burlington Arcade and Chelsea, London. Sought out by royalty and rock stars, in the mid-1990s the company was selling in 400 shops in 25 countries around the world, and had concessions in both Barney’s in New York and Selfridges in London.

Join us on a journey through textured chiffon and organza, mohair, fine cashmeres, satin, rayon fur, chenille and wool boucle, as Royal Designer for Industry Georgina von Etzdorf discusses her approach to textile design, as well as the challenges of working with different fabrics, textures and printing techniques.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the exhibition Liberty in Fashion; the ‘in-conversation’ event follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including the chance to ask questions at the end.

Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.
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