Saturday, 8 October 2016

Liberty's of London in conversation with Anna Buruma

I attended a free event at Liberty's of London on Thursday with the Liberty archivist Anna Buruma. If her name sounds familiar she has written a book that accompanied the fantastic Liberty in Print at the Fashion and Textiles Museum last summer.

The talk was held in the Heritage Suite which used to be the boardroom where the owners of the store would take their lunch. It was a very small room with beautiful dark wood panelling and liberty fabrics adorning different walls.



Anna began her talk at the very beginning of the Liberty Print story and regaled interesting facts and anecdotes about the history of the printed textiles and the popularity of the styles of prints through the ages. Anna has spent the last 18 years documenting the extensive archive of Liberty print designs which is now on a digital database exclusively for the Liberty design team.

Liberty has always had their own in-house design team and up until the 1950's owned a print-works in South East London. All fabrics are still designed in London but are now printed in a factory in Italy.


Just before the talk I drooled over the new Autumn Winter collection in the haberdashery department. So many lovely designs and colour-ways.







I couldn't decide on a favourite.... which would you choose? 

6 comments:

  1. That looks AMAZING! You find the most interesting events to go to! I love the very bottom-right print, I'll have to make a trip there...

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    1. Hi Katie, I really liked that one too. I love their abstract designs the most!

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  2. Hope you enjoyed it! I'd be quite interested to see the heritage suite as well as the talk. Lots of lovely prints! I like the rich colours that they have for autumn, but don't think I could decide on a favourite either!

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    1. Yes Alex, it's hard to choose just one design. I will have to save some money for one or two special fabrics for Christmas.

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  3. Sounds like a good evening. they are all scrumptious fabrics - too much choice!

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    1. Hi Louise, the new season prints are delicious!

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