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Now On: Liberty in Fashion


At the cutting edge of design and the decorative arts since 1875, Liberty is celebrated throughout the world as a department store and for its distinctive textile prints. Charting Liberty’s legacy as ‘the’ place to shop as well as the brand’s role in key trends from fashion history including Orientalism and Art Deco, the exhibition highlights the relationship between Liberty and brands such as Jean Muir, Cacharel, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood.

“From the earliest imports and Eastern influenced and artistic dress to present day collaborations, Liberty has occupied a unique place in British fashion. Every garment in the exhibition has been carefully chosen to enable the Museum to represent the incredible range of textile designs created by the firm as well as to present an argument about why Liberty is always ‘in fashion’”. – Dennis Nothdruft, Curator of Liberty in Fashion.

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Exhibition images by Jenny Holloway

Featuring over 150 ensembles and accessories, this exhibition boasts the largest number of historic Liberty artefacts since its centenary in 1975. Of the items on display, the oldest include a cape from the 1890s constructed form Chinese shawls, a Paul Poiret silk robe from the 1930s and a late 1960s Macedonia print dress. These archive pieces will sit alongside high profile contemporary collaborations including Vivienne Westwood and Nike.


Exhibition Dates: Now until 28th February 2016

Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm

Thursdays until 8pm

Sundays, 11am–5pm

Last admission 45 minutes before closing

Closed Mondays



Advance booking online is recommended but tickets may be purchased in person on the day of the visit, subject to availability

£9 adults / £7 concessions / £6 students

Children under 12 are free.

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