This exhibition opened in October 2015. I was so looking forward to this exhibition and it far exceeded my expectations. The public are allowed to take photographs without flash. In this museum we always have the added advantage of not having to view exhibits behind glass as in the V&A and at the Bath Fashion Museum.
Even the Liberty's sales assistants wore these kiminos to promote their sales in the store!
From 1958 to 1960 there were a series of exhibitions on the Art Nouveau period (from 1895 through to WWI). This movement had been dismissed and forgotten after WWI. Liberty saw the potential of referencing their own archives from that period for possible new designs to print for their current textiles. One of their designers, William Poole, redrew a selection of the company's original Art Nouveau patterns, and to contemporise them he repainted them in the vivid Pop colours of the early 1960s. They became known as the 'Lotus' collection. They were sold as dress fabrics. They became popular with British designers in the 1960s.
Liberty's were very annoyed that Colin Glascoe never acknowledged that he was using their prints for his designs. He ordered thousands of metres from Liberty. Still goes on today. Very rarely do we see the artistic directors of embroidery ateliers or fabric print designers being acknowledged today - and their studios are design laboratories.