Taking Liberties with print

16th August 2009



Last week was a serious one for print and we’re not talking the latest scoop from the red-tops.  Tuesday evening saw the launch party for Liberty of London’s Prints Charming exhibition with an entire wall of the building being swatched in Betsy fabric and even vintage Skeppshult bicycles sporting micro prints.

 Six world famous artists – Turner Prize winner, Grayson Perry, Paul Morrison, Mike McInnerney, Michael Angove, Anj Smith and Simon Hart have collaborated with the store to design their own take on the iconic Liberty Print fabrics which have been turned to a plethora of eclectic uses from lampshades to wellie boots and even Fit Flops and RETROSUPERFUTURE sunglasses


Perry himself, or should we say alter-ego Claire, held court in the roped off fourth floor exhibiton area (entrance manned by prs with, yes you’ve guessed it, Liberty print clip boards) decked out in a slightly disturbing baby doll dress of his own design.  His prints were inspired by the bonnets in the tv adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel, he told bemused onlookers.

Adding a more rock ‘n’ roll edge to proceedings is rock royalty Meg Mathews, who has designed an exclusive line of wallpapers featuring whimsical Liberty micro-florals – toughened up with her trademark skulls, pineapples and snakeskin of course!

The exhibition also features a retrospective of the brand’s collaborations with Cacharel, Junya Watanabe, NIKE, Kate Moss for Topshop, Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony and A.P.C. 


To further celebrate all things print, Liberty staged a floral ‘fash mob’ – think t-mobile in Trafalgar square only with flowers – a couple of days later in Carnaby Street where floral fans donned ditzy and paisley prints galore and paraded down a make-shift runway in a printastic floral face-off.

Exhibition runs to Sept 2nd

Liberty of London

Great Marlborough Street

London W1B 5AH

(0)207 734 1234


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