Liberty in Fashion Study Day

Wednesday 3 February / 10.30am–5pm


The 140th anniversary of Liberty London has revealed the wealth of interest in the company’s history. This Study Day charts Liberty’s role as a maker and breaker of fashion trends and explores its place in the story of British design.

Liberty’s beginnings are well-documented, including the company’s role in importing and selling items from Japan, China and the Middle East. Yet Liberty’s history from the 1930s onwards, especially during the 1970s, is less well-known but no less important.

With speakers including the designers, retail professionals and historians whose work and research features in the exhibition, this Study Day will celebrate Liberty’s contribution to fashion history, including garments produced by the company, Liberty textiles used by other designers, the role of the department store itself, and the impact of Liberty London designs on the work of other designers.

Speakers include
Sarah Campbell, textile designer
Marion and David Donaldson, designer and founder of the eponymous Glasgow label
Belinda O’Hanlon, designer and co=founder of Annabelinda, Oxford
Dennis Nothdruft, Curator, Fashion and Textile Museum and the Liberty in Fashion exhibition;
Anna Buruma, Liberty archivist and author of ‘Liberty and Co. in the Fifties and Sixties’
Jade Halbert, PhD Candidate, University of Glasgow
Sally Tuffin, of ‘Foale and Tuffin’
Angie Smith, Fashion & Dress Curator and Historian
John Laflin, formerly Director of Design at Liberty of London Prints
Bethan Bide AHRC and CDA funded PhD Candidate, Museum of London and Royal Holloway, University of London

Download the Liberty in Fashion Study Day programme

Price: £60 / £45 students
Ticket includes admission to LIBERTY IN FASHION exhibition and a guided tour. The event starts at 10.15am with coffee in the Museum foyer; the Study Day follows in the Fashion Studio. Please note lunch is not provided.

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Places limited. Advance booking recommended

Image Top Left: Art Nouveau fashion using ‘Constantia’, 1961 © Liberty London. From the book Liberty and Co. in the Fifties and Sixties, published by Antique Collectors Club. Image Top Right: ‘Eustacia’, print impression printed at Liberty and Co. Ltd,Merton print works, 1960 © Copyright of Liberty Fabric Limited

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