Liberty and the Influence of the East

Friday 13 November | 1pm – 2:30pm | £5 | ONLINE EVENT

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. Hosted by the Fashion and Textile Museum’s Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft enjoy a fascinating look at this early period of Liberty & Co, and the brand’s place in design History.

Join Dennis as he explores Liberty’s beginnings; from the import of Orientalism and Aesthetic dress in the 19th century, through Art Nouveau and Art Deco in the early 20th century, and the opening of the iconic Tudor building in 1924. Discover the story of founder Arthur Lasenby Liberty and the influence of Japanese art and imported fabrics on the development of the Liberty aesthetic.

Investigate the hybridization of wool produced in India and woven in England and how the stunning textiles it created went on to feature in Liberty garments, with the opening of the costume department in 1884.

Examine contemporary collaborations and hear how Liberty & Co fulfilled its founders’ vision in becoming a design leader. During this talk Dennis will also reflect on how these ideas featured in the Museum’s own 2015 exhibition, Liberty in Fashion.

Ticket: £5.00


This talk will take place on the streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, details of how to access the talk will be included in your booking confirmation. You will receive a unique link via email prior to the event, if you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App which can be found for free in your devices App Store. Please ensure you are using the most recent operating system on your device and you can access Microsoft Teams to ensure you have the best experience. The talk starts at 1pm and lasts for approximately one hour, followed by a Q&A session at the end. If you have any questions regarding this talk, please get in touch via our contact form.

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