Liberty Art Fabrics and Fashion (4 stars)

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Dovecot celebrates Liberty Art Fabrics with a retrospective.

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Liberty Art Fabrics and Fashion

Celebrating Liberty Art Fabrics and their impact on fashion since 1875. Dovecot Gallery brings to Scotland a major retrospective celebrating the innovative retailer and design studio Liberty London. Featuring over 100 garments and fabrics spanning 140 years, this exhibition explores how textiles bring art into everyday life.

Liberty Art Fabrics & Fashion charts Liberty’s history as a source for key trends in cultural history, including Aestheticism, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, Pop and Psychedelia. The exhibition presents a historical survey, from early garments inspired by the Far East and the Artistic Dress popularised by the Pre-Raphaelites, through to the iconic designs of the Swinging Sixties, nostalgic Arts & Crafts revivals of the 1970s and botanical prints from the 21st century.

Throughout its history, Liberty’s studio collaborations with textile and fashion innovators including Yves Saint Laurent, Mary Quant, Jean Muir and Vivienne Westwood have secured the company’s global reputation as the source and originator of key trends and design revivals. Such is the fame of Liberty that in Italy the Art Nouveau style became known as the ‘Stile Liberty’.

Bringing a contemporary response to the exhibition, emerging artist Lucy Wayman showcases recent sculptural pieces. Her works revolve around repetitive structures and soft materials and utilise generational craft techniques, such as weaving and macramé.

In association with the Fashion and Textile Museum

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Liberty Art Fabrics and Fashion

3 Aug 20184 stars

A history of the iconic label that will leave fashionistas drooling

It's now 140 years since Arthur Lasenby Liberty opened his emporium on London's Regent Street and began writing his own peculiarly British chapter on fabric design. This exhibition, adapted from a show at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London, explores…

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