Dating back to the grand opening in 1875, the venerable store Liberty has brought us the most illustrious fabrics, with the likes of silks, Oriental embroideries and vibrant, colour offerings. Here are just five of the most magnificent Liberty prints on offer.

Liberty Prints: 5 Of The Best

The Felicite Print

Created by the designer known by the initials D.S, this rose design from 1933 was more recently brought back to the Liberty line in 2001.

Hera Print

This design features peacock bird feathers, hence the name Hera, named after the Greek goddess associated with the bird. Popular during the Aesthetic Movement towards to end of the 19th Century, this is one of the oldest prints on offer.

Petronella

The 1820s Persian inspired Petronella Chintz print uses Persian style hues of pink, Oriental floral designs and symmetrical carnations.

Eustacia

The Eustacia print was showcased in 1960 for Liberty’s Lotus Collection. This Art Nouveau mix of florals takes inspiration from the likes of Morris & Co and Iznik pottery.

Liberty Prints: 5 Of The Best

The Bengal Print

This is an eye-catching, colourful, Oriental inspired print designed in 1969 by Bernard Nevill, mixing florals and a vibrant palette.

From its Roots to Grand Designs

By the 1880s, dressmakers were used to hard fabrics and lines. All this changed when Sir Arthur Liberty started his own fabric line, developing from dragons to florals, contemporary designs and Oriental inspired fabrics. Liberty moved to Regent Street and later expanded to include clothing lines in 1883. To cater to the incredible interest received, the wholesale sector, Liberty of London Prints, was born in the late 1930s. By 1989, John Llewellyn commissioned exclusive silk prints from renowned designers such as Charles Voysey.

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In 2015, Liberty prints celebrated 140 years in the industry with a prominent exhibition at the London Fashion and Textile Museum.

Liberty prints are now used on everything from bags, curtains and duvet covers, to glasses cases and mobile phone covers. Liberty has worked with the likes of Nike, Vivienne Westwood and Barbour, and designers such as Mary Quant and Yves Saint Laurent have used Liberty fabrics. It’s the mixing of old and new, the Art Nouveau twist, and the colourful decadence that has kept Liberty on-trend.