I was very much inspired by the recent Liberty in Fashion exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum, if you got to see it too I'm sure you felt the same. Beautiful fabrics made into such a variety of clothing throughout the ages, the same prints making re-appearances in different colour palettes and looking so different from one decade to another.
The dresses on display were stunning, some made in-house at Liberty, others by professional dressmakers and some that were homemade with their own quirks and appeal, all equally beautiful and with a story of their own.
The dresses from the 1930s - 1950s were my favourites. Elegant lines, intricate details and more vibrant colour than I had expected.
Every aspect of the business is considered and has quality and true craftsmanship at the heart. From supporting local businesses like the silk weavers in Spitalfields, to ensuring clients had final approval on the designs and fabrics for their outfits. By ensuring garments were embellished with delicate embroidery and hand finished to the highest standards. These high values are surely what make Liberty such an enduring inspiration.
Each dress is an investment of all these qualities and must have been a dearly treasured item.
The bold colours and designs of the 1950s and 1960's still have a very modern feel to them. They have a more playful appeal and must have engaged the new 'youth' market.
The textile designs of sisters Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell from the 1960s and 70s really inspired me, their use of colour and geometric designs wouldn't look out of place in todays market. The painterly quality and more abstract florals are just beautiful.
I am most definitely inspired and I am brimming with ideas now for the #Vintage Pledge.