Sunday, 7 February 2016

Liberty Fest

Photo credit: Lazy Daisy Jones
Friday was a very happy day for me as it involved all things Liberty. First off I met up with fellow blogger Ashley from Lazy Daisy Jones to visit the Liberty in Fashion exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum. I've been wanting to pay a visit for ages and I'm so glad I made the effort. It was great to see the fabrics up close and be able to examine the beautiful, subtle design details of the garments on display. Here are a few of my favourites:

Early 1920's silk blouse
1930's dress in a bright floral print
1930's and 1940's dresses
1940's dress - love the waist detail
My favourite dress from the 1970's section
Liberty shoes!
There was also an accompanying display in a side room featuring the work of Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell, who designed for Liberty between 1961 and 1977. I loved the mood boards in this room - such an explosion of colour and print.




After the exhibition we repaired to the Liberty store on Regent Street for lunch, then hit the fabric and haberdashery section. A few things caught my eye...

Liberty print sewing machine
Knitwear with Liberty print cuffs
I have a beloved John Smedley cardigan that's badly frayed at the cuffs after almost continual wear for the past six years. A Liberty print cuff seems like a perfect solution.

We also saw this amazing Tilly and the Buttons Francoise dress made with peacock feather Tana lawn. Extra fabric peacock feathers were appliqu├ęd onto the dress.


I wasn't planning on buying anything but Ashley twisted my arm right up my back and forced me to buy a metre of this Lilac print (not really!) I love the colours and I can see this turning into a cute summer top.


All in all, a fabulous day. 

The Liberty in Fashion exhibition runs until the end of February and I'd highly recommend a visit if you find yourself in London. x

28 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed the Liberty exhibition too. I was very lucky at the time when I arrived as the curator was just about to start a guided tour. She talked about some of the key garments and showed us the inside of a few of the dresses. The 1920s and 1930s styles were my favourites.

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    1. Ooh you lucky thing! Yes, the 1920's styles were amazing weren't they? x

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  2. How interesting! You must have had a wonderful time there. I love that 20s blouse; and also the dresses and the collar details on them from the 30s and 40s. They were so lovely back then; today people hardly wear dresses.

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    1. Yes, it was a treat seeing so many proper dresses! x

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  3. Ha ha! Super post, seeing all that beauty 'close up and personal' was heady stuff! So looking forward to seeing what you make with that beautiful fabric!
    So glad I forced you to buy it, because I'm sure you would be feeling regretful if you had gone home empty handed?
    bestest as ever

    Ashley aka ldj xxx

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    1. Thanks again for a great day and for forcing my arm! x

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  4. Oh those dresses! They are all so beautiful, I just love that bright 1930 dress. But the thing I like the most is the printed sewing machine.

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    1. Yes, the printed sewing machine was lovely and not ridiculously expensive either! x

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  5. Love that second dress, that blue and bright floral makes a perfect summer dress.

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    1. Yes, the colours and style are gorgeous aren't they? x

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  6. Eeep! I'm going on Saturday and your post has made me super excited :o)

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    1. You'll absolutely love it! Enjoy! x

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  7. What a treat! Must have been wonderful! So envious.

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  8. Wow, that Francoise dress is amazing. I immediately want to make something with Liberty peacock fabric. One sad consequence of dog ownership is that I never get to go into museums any more! That looks like such a great day.

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    1. It was a great day and such a thrill seeing that peacock dress. There weren't many capes in the exhibition and hardly any deerstalkers, so Ella would have been easily bored! x

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  9. I have one free day in London on Saturday after my ridiculous 2 day work trip finishes (ridiculous because I'm travelling from Australia for 2 days of work). Maybe I will go see this! Then I can fly home Saturday night feeling happy!

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    1. Oooh if you can manage it I guarantee it will be worth it! x

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    2. Thanks for the suggestion. My jet lag may defeat me, but we will see how I'm feeling.

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  10. Lucky you, a visit to Liberty and a day with Ashley, I met her in Stratford but spent most of my time chatting to Marc about farming! She is a darling and you have some beautiful fabric too. Jo x

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    1. Ah I had a great time, we didn't stop talking all day! x

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  11. it looks wonderful, I am just feeling slightly sick as i am travelling to London just a week after the exhibition closes!!!! boooo hooo

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    1. Oh no, what a shame! Look out for their other exhibitions though, they're always really interesting and quirky. x

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  12. I had no idea that this museum existed, but now I can't wait! I was already planning to visit London next week, so I'm definitely going to this exhibition.

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    1. Fab, that's so lovely to hear! Hope you enjoy it! x

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  13. Liberty shoes! They looks unbelievable natural, cozy, with cute pattern. Floral patterns are so fresh and raising mood.

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  14. No one can beat Liberty with floral prints! They are all stunning. I love that each print is totally individual and there is something for everyone.

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