Liberty (Hardcover)

The History: Treasures from the Archives of the Luxury Department Store

By Marie-Therese Rieber

Carlton Books, 9781783130207, 160pp.

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

List Price: 35.00*
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Description

This lavishly illustrated, official book showcases the heritage and innovation of Liberty, a one-of-a-kind London department store that has served as tastemaker to the public since 1875.

"Liberty is the chosen resort of the artistic shopper."-- Oscar Wilde

Since 1875, Liberty has been synonymous with luxury. Known for its eclectic, avant-garde design, the store features a unique blend of bohemian opulence and expert craftsmanship. Liberty: The History showcases the beginnings of the brand, from Arthur Liberty's "Eastern Bazaar" to the store's Art Nouveau furniture, jewelry, and clothing, from its whimsical window display to its iconic Art Fabrics. This fascinating volume also explores the innovations in design and printmaking that keep Liberty at the forefront of the fashion and textile industries. Arthur Liberty's intuitive vision and pioneering spirit led him to travel the world looking for individual pieces to inspire and excite his discerning clientele--and it is this vision that still prevails and is celebrated in this treasure trove of images, many previously unseen, from the store's archives and vaults.


About the Author

Researcher and writer Marie-Therese Rieber has worked for the pioneering internet copyright organization Creative Commons and iD magazine in London, and as a costume history researcher in film. She is based in Berlin.