Liberty prints are something that any fashion or art student from across the world will associate with British design. Besides being so distinctive in its quirkiness, it is also a story of true British innovation and industrial spirit. Surely Arthur Liberty had no idea that his idea of importing undyed fabrics and adorning them with locally printed Oriental designs would take off and become what it is today.
Although it started off with abstract designs, tiny florals and paisley prints, the designs kept coming, and Liberty prints continually grew their range of cotton fabric. Here are five of the best designs.
This design looks like a mass of peacock feathers that have been laid on a plain background. It was named after Hera, the Greek goddess of marriage and women, as described in http://www.ancient.eu/Hera/. She is associated with peacocks, and hence that name was chosen. During the latter part of the 19th century, the Aesthetic Movement was very much in vogue, and peacock feathers were often used as a motif. Today this very popular retro print is revived in new and contemporary colourways.
In 1933 a trail of roses was patterned on to cotton lawn. Felicite is derived from the word felicity, which means intense happiness. Mysteriously, the only known fact about the designer was that he or she had the initials D.S. In 2001 this design was printed again. Prints often intimidate people, but this classic print is so soft and subtle. …