There’s something to be said for a brand that defies trends and celebrates something as constant as tradition instead. Liberty London is one such name, having kept its heritage print and fabric design very much at the forefront of its aesthetic season after season. Now, in a bid to fuse it’s signature style with something more conceptual, the fashion house has challenged three of this year’s London College of Fashion graduates to create something cutting edge using its SS18 Alpine Symphony fabrication.
As part of the project, young designers Fotini Handra, Joseph Standish and Daniel Pascal Tanner were given exclusive access to the Liberty studio and an insight into the processes behind the creations – a privilege usually reserved for high-profile labels such as Loewe and Saint Laurent – before being given a three week turnaround time in which to produce something that reflected their personal aesthetic and that worked with the fabrication.
Daniel Pascal Tanner said; ‘We were given complete creative freedom for this project, which was incredible. My aesthetic is very neo romantic which sits comfortably with Liberty’s floral fabrics. The three outcomes really show just how versatile Liberty’s prints can be and how timeless the designs are.’
As you might expect the outcome to be when working with the most anticipated new talent in the city, the result is something far removed from anything made from Liberty print before now (Joseph Standish adopted the particularly forward-thinking idea of mountaineering for his menswear collection).
While not yet available to purchase, each artful piece will be on exhibition in store between 20th April and 4th May this year. Expect sketches documenting thought processes and inspirations as well as final pieces on display in Liberty London’s prolific haberdashery department.
Culture Trip asked Fotini Handra how she saw this project influencing her work going forward; ‘During this collaboration I had the opportunity to see my work in a different context. Liberty fabrics have a very strong DNA and a history that makes them instantly recognisable. In a way they can be seen as objects in their own right. It was very interesting for me to see how my designs and the fabrics could work together and to result in something new.’
The works will be on display in Liberty London from 20th April – 4th May 2018.
Liberty London, Regent St, Carnaby, London W1B 5AH