Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Liberty in Fashion Part Three: The Art of Pattern

Part three from the Liberty in Fashion exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum on Bermondsey Street.  For part one see here.  For part two see here.   The Art of Pattern is an accompanying exhibition  to the main Liberty in Fashion display and is in it's own space.  It features the work of Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell.  Susan became design consultant after Bernard Neville,  and her sister Sarah Campbell who assisted Susan and went on to Chelsea College of art.

I didn't take as many notes in this room, I think I was so taken with all the colour around me I just looked and looked and looked!  Lots of the mood boards feature original designs painted on to paper in what looks like gouache paints.  Next to these mix fabric swatches and magazine clips from the time.

You may recognise the Modflowers dolls in the sea of Tana lawn prints.

Working sketch books are always a huge pleasure to peer in to. 

Lots of these massive collage mood boards showed Liberty in collaboration.  The board below was a set of fabrics developed from a Liberty print and customised for Yves Saint Laurent as part of a Rive Gauche collection. 

I left totally inspired to use more colour in my sewing and my wardrobe.  You can find out more about the exhibitions here.

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  1. Great post . MUST get there soon.

  2. On my bucket list to visit Liberty of London. Sigh.......

  3. I went today, it totally lived up to my expectations. I found a factory outlet selling Tana lawn seconds at £8 per metre, They even had bundles of 4 fat quarters for £2 (limited to 2 per customer. I need to go back next time I'm near Lancaster.

  4. Hi Kerry, you inspired me with your posts! I'm flying to London next weekend to visit this exibition, and i will attend to the workshop they are offering!
    Thank you for sharing this experience ! I'm looking forward to it!

    1. Wow, that looks amazing! Have a wonderful time


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