I LOVE VISITING THE EXHIBITIONS AT THE LONDON FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM.
It is such an unassuming space. No grand gestures. Exhibits ordered chronologically; you stroll past timelines of garments, seeing their history and evolvement. The exhibits and their designs; their stories, lead you through the gallery. I always leave feeling like I have experienced design history packed into a short story.
The Summer exhibition of swimwear was delightful - the changing uses of fabrics and materials and seeing those amazing colourful costumes that you have only viewed hints of in black and white photos.
The current Liberty In Fashion exhibition at the FTM runs until 28th February 2016, so you have plenty of time left to go and indulge.
Celebrating 140 years of the Liberty empire, the exhibition demonstrates the key trends and impact on British fashion and includes garments dating back to the 19th century, including beautiful embroidered Chinese shawls and kimonos.
Arthur Liberty began his own trading company selling exotic silks imported from China and Japan, along with wools and cottons from India – of which there are so many beautiful examples of this influence throughout the collection.
The meeting of old and new is both at the heart of this Liberty show and the collection’s designs, and indeed at the heart of British fashion today.
See it and enjoy it. And as an extra tasty dessert finish off with the The Art of Pattern, designs by sisters Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell, 1961-77. Screen prints, sketchbooks and textile designs montaged together – a sensory delight.