Liberty London Archive
Meet Mary Schoeser, the world-renowned textile historian and curator, as she takes a close look at Liberty, and explores the remarkable range of fabrics, embroideries and carpets designed and sold by the firm.
Liberty London, also known as Liberty & Co, opened in East India House, Regent Street in 1875 and its initial success came from the sale of exquisite, pale oriental silks. Very soon, the business expanded selling other wares, and in 1884 Liberty’s new costume department set out to challenge Parisian ateliers. Hear Mary Schoeser speak from her extensive knowledge of the Liberty archive and story, setting this in the context of 19th and 20th century textile history.
Mary Schoeser is the author of Textiles; The Art of Mankind and a leading authority in the field. As an adviser on historic textiles and wallpaper, Schoeser has worked with organizations including English Heritage, the National Trust, Sandersons and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Honorary President of the UK Textile Society. Mary will be available to sign books purchased at Dovecot after the talk.
£9 (plus booking fee) and includes entry to LIBERTY Art Fabrics & Fashion on the day of the event. Entry on day of event only, ticket is non-transferable.
Every ticket sold supports the work of The Dovecot Foundation to advance visual art, craft and design in all its forms. Numbers are limited for this event, please book early to avoid disappointment.