win prizes debuts of the month eleanor oliphant
Search our site
The Stolen Bicycle by Ming-Yi Wu Read the opening extract of the brand new Ming-Yi Wu book before its publication on 26/10/2017

Liberty & Co. in the Fifties and Sixties A Taste for Design by Anna Buruma
  

Liberty & Co. in the Fifties and Sixties A Taste for Design

RRP £19.99

Notify me
when in stock

As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.

Synopsis

Liberty & Co. in the Fifties and Sixties A Taste for Design by Anna Buruma

Over the years since its inception in 1875 as the Oriental Emporium, Liberty's has both been at the forefront of fashion and the decorative arts and has sat comfortably riding on its waves. Its history is at the heart of its image to the outside world. In the fifties, Liberty's tried to subvert this image, but subsequently embraced it wholeheartedly in the following decade.Liberty's beginnings are well-known and most historians of the decorative arts will agree that the company had a significant impact on design in the early twentieth century. However, through the years Liberty & Co. took many forms.History, far from being irrelevant nostalgia, offers us a chance to learn from our mistakes and, indeed, successes. Perhaps now, as, emerging from a difficult recent period, this grand company looks confidently to the future, it is a good time to look back to the Liberty of the fifties and sixties: a less well-recognised moment in Liberty's history, but perhaps no less significant.The 1950s were a frugal time and any retailer who wholeheartedly promoted modern design was taking a risk. In truth, Liberty & Co. probably played it safe, running its modern products alongside the more traditional ones, so as not to scare away longstanding customers. It is perhaps for this reason that Liberty & Co. is not so prominent in people's memories as a 'modern' store in the 1950s. In a way this was a period that prepared the business for its flowering in the 1960s. Almost overnight, the emporium of traditional style found itself not just at one of the best spots in London, but at the very epicentre of the world of fashion: Carnaby Street in the sixties.

About the Author

Anna Buruma trained as a theatre designer at Central School of Art & Design. She worked in the theatre and later as a costume designer for television and film. She later studied the history of dress at the Courtauld Institute. She works as a free-lance researcher and has been the archivist at Liberty since 1995 and museum administrator at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design since 2005.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

30th December 2015

Author

Anna Buruma

More books by Anna Buruma
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Publisher

ACC Editions an imprint of ACC Art Books

Format

Paperback
144 pages

Categories

Industrial / commercial art & design
Decorative arts
Retail sector

ISBN

9781851498147

Lovereading has given me the opportunity to delve into new and exciting worlds of authors who I would never have tried before.

Glynis Elliott

I love that Lovereading handpicks very special debut reads.

Magda North

They are bright, breezy and eager to offer a great book, then genuinely listen/respect the review one writes.

Maggie Crane

I love reading books I wouldn't normally choose before everyone else gets to read them!

Dawn Lynch

Its jam packed with fantastic titles, informative descriptions & fantastic reviews and has a vast array of great features & competitions.

Linda Rollins

I love Lovereading because of its ability to connect people that love books & unite them in a friendly, stimulating & interesting community.

Megan Olwen William

As for why I'd recommend Lovereading, it's simple - it's a great place to get information and reviews about new books!

Margaret Freeman

I love reading because my cares & woes vanish for an hour or two whilst I read of the joys, adventures, lives of the characters in the book.

Jennifer Moville

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools