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Women of Liberty

Eight extraordinary women come together in a celebration of females past, present and future

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Women make us. Seen through Mary McCartney’s lens, eight extraordinary females come together to represent today’s worlds of culture, fashion and commerce – their contributions edging us closer to a diverse and equal society. Following in the footsteps of Emmeline Pankhurst and the determined women before them, it is ‘Deeds not Words’ that steer their paths. This month in 1912, the Suffragettes shattered the Liberty windows; ‘glass smashing for votes!’. 105 years later, our Great Marlborough Street panes become a celebration of women past, present and future. Here, we lift the veil on the women in the photographs…

Florence Welch

Florence Welch

Formidable singer-songwriter, inimitable performer and a muse for legendary fashion houses. Welch is a self-proclaimed obsessive of Liberty print and previously delved into the archive, naming two prints – Dancing Ladies and Grace – for the Liberty Rocks Art Fabrics collection that launched in 2011. @florence #WomenOfLiberty #vote100

Anya Hindmarch CBE

Anya Hindmarch CBE

Leading British designer and the first to catapult accessories into the show schedule at London Fashion Week. A name core to the Liberty London edit, craftsmanship and playfulness are Hindmarch’s modus operandi. Her passion for British design and the arts has also led to her involvement as a UK Trade Ambassador and Non-Executive Director of the British Fashion Council. @anyahindmarch #WomenOfLiberty #vote100

What is your idea of perfect happiness? My kitchen table filled with friends and family, a roast chicken and several bottles of wine.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Prudence. To risk nothing is to gain nothing.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Courage. Fortune favours the brave.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Kindness.

Who are your heroes in real life? My team at work who put up with me daily.

Stella Jean

Stella Jean

An Italian fashion designer found in womenswear on 1, who draws creative inspiration from her creole heritage. Dedicated to the use of craftspeople in Africa, she supports struggling countries by self-sustaining local communities, focusing on women’s empowerment. Her globally-minded approach has also seen her collaborate with the United Nations on numerous projects, promoting the growth of ethical fashion and international development. @stellajeanofficial #WomenOfLiberty #vote100

What is your idea of perfect happiness? "Attentiveness to happiness rather than happiness itself"

Which living person do you most admire? Rigoberta Menchú.

What is your current state of mind? The observation state.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Resiliency.

What is your motto? Go where you want, stay where you have to.

gal-dem

gal-dem

A magazine and creative collective supporting the creative work of women of colour and non-binary people of colour. Created in response to the lack of diversity in Britain’s top institutions, gal-dem has made its mark as a platform for thought-provoking content. Their sell-out events include audio-visual exhibitions, a V&A takeover and live music events. The coming months will see them head up a series of events at Liberty. @galdemzine #WomenOfLiberty #vote100

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Can any virtue be overrated?

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Kindness.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? Ask me again when I’m 80.

Who are your heroes in real life? The gal-dem and Harriet Tubman.

What is your motto? As they say in Nigeria, life is all about enjoyment deluxe.

Katharine Hamnett CBE

Katharine Hamnett CBE

Legendary designer and political activist, who has long harnessed fashion as a catalyst for change. The eighties saw her gain a fast following for her loaded slogans and the invitation to 10 Downing Street that became a notorious protest opportunity. A pioneer of ethically-sourced fashion, she returns to the fore for Spring/Summer 2018 with a new collection, launched exclusively at Liberty. @katharinehamnett #WomenOfLiberty #vote100

What is your current state of mind? Pessimistic optimism.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Political correctness.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Balls.

Which historical figure do you most identify with? Emily Pankhurst.

What is your motto? Never quell the generous impulse. The best thing to do with resentment is to forget it.

Loretta de Feo

Loretta de Feo

A young entrepreneur who turned her dissatisfaction with beauty industry diversity into an innovative new product line for afro and curly hair. Dizziak launches this month, exclusively in our beauty hall, developed to revolutionise the hair care industry. @dizziaklondon #WomenOfLiberty #vote100

Which living person do you most admire? PJ Harvey. She has always and will always dance to her own tune.

What is your current state of mind? Panicked and excited.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Obedience.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Authenticity.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? Mediterranean salt water.

Elise Valmorbida

Elise Valmorbida

Award-winning and critically acclaimed author and independent film producer. She was the first to propose a creative writing course at Central Saint Martins in 1997 and continues to teach there today. Her latest novel ‘The Madonna of the Mountains’ will be published this month, kicking off Faber & Faber’s collaboration with Liberty London Fabrics and featuring a bespoke Liberty-designed cover. #WomenOfLiberty #vote100

What is your idea of perfect happiness? There are countless perfect little blisses and some big imperfect happinesses'.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Intelligence and empathy - that goes for men too.

Which historical figure do you most identify with? Aspirationally, Mary Wollstonecraft. Actually, my grandmothers.

Who are your heroes in real life? I don’t really have heroes, but I do have loves. I admire people with power who use it genuinely to serve others.

What is your motto? “We are what we repeatedly do.”

Katy Emck OBE

Katy Emck OBE

A founding director of Fine Cell Work, the charity which helps prison inmates find self-worth and pave the way for crime-free lives through needlework. By establishing a national network of volunteers teaching fine needlework in prisons across the UK and paying inmates for their products – sold in our Haberdashery on 3 – Emck has opened a route to rehabilitation via professional crafts training in prisons. @finecellwork #WomenOfLiberty #vote100

Which living person do you most admire? My husband, for his honour, his humanity and his wisdom.

What is your current state of mind? For myself, grateful and hopeful; for the world, troubled at injustice, stupidity, suffering.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Sensitivity, humour, a lovely face.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? My daughter, who sings with love.

Which historical figure do you most identify with? King Arthur when he burnt the cakes!

Sylvie Chantecaille

Sylvie Chantecaille

French founder of Chantecaille, whose cruelty-free luxury cosmetics are a cornerstone of our beauty edit. Her brand encompasses an established philanthropy platform, supporting conservation efforts across the globe, and past collections have shared proceeds with charitable organisations that lie close to her heart, including the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and The Xerces Society. @chantecaille #WomenOfLiberty #vote100Photograph - Rick Wenner

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Chastity.

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Intelligence, kindness, and thoughtfulness… and I don't despise beauty, either!

What do you consider your greatest achievement? My wonderful family that work alongside me every day, and continuing to enjoy my very full life.

Who are your heroes in real life? Anyone who dedicates their lives to causes bigger and greater than themselves.

What is your motto? Don’t let yourself get in the way of what you are meant to achieve.

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