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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Take Some Liberty

 [Detail: Popplyland, Liberty & Co.'s printed cotton 1890-1907, from V & A Pattern: Liberty.]

In need of a textile fix? The upcoming season offers multiple opportunities for satisfaction. Among various textile exhibitions on the horizon, one that has occupied my mind of late is Liberty in FashionOpening October 9 at London's Fashion and Textile Museum, this show looks at myriad printed fabrics produced by the venerable department store over the last 140 years.

In conjunction with the fall exhibition, flower magazine offered me a chance to dive into Liberty's past, research the artists and designers who've had a relationship with Liberty, and discover why florals have long held such power for the London emporium. (Above is just a peek at some sample pages from the eight-page spread and, yes, that's Françoise Hardy, middle right, in 1970 wearing a YSL Liberty print midi.)

Liberty archivist Anna Buruma and textile designer/author Martin Wood kindly took time to shed some light on Liberty Art Fabrics and the textile design studio, so many thanks to both experts.  If you'd like to take a glance, the September-October issue hits newsstands this week. And over on Instagram, I'll be sharing more Liberty print history in the days ahead.