Shona Heath: The Hooligan’s Shampoo Collection
Step into a fantastical world with the Hooligan’s Shampoo collection – created by cult fashion set designer Shona Heath, in collaboration with Liberty FabricsRead more
Visionary set designer Shona Heath transports us into a world of imagination with The Hooligan’s Shampoo collection – created for the Liberty Fabrics Design Series, and inspired by the treasures of the local corner shop.
From treehouses and hot air balloons to UFOs and enchanted gardens, Shona Heath’s otherworldly imaginings have defined her singular creative presence within the fashion landscape for the past two decades. A renowned set designer and creative director, her expansive, elaborate works have included pieces created for Vogue, AnOther, W, POP and i-D, and projects for Dior, Valentino and Prada among many others. In celebration of her long-standing collaboration with iconic fashion photographer Tim Walker, Heath designed the set for ‘Wonderful Things’ – an immersive exhibition held last year at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington. Replete with mythical creatures and 10-foot-tall notebooks and pencils, visitors were able to step right into the universe of the pair’s fantastical shoots.
A lifelong fan of Liberty prints, Heath reached out to the Liberty Fabrics design team to collaborate on a radiantly joyful new dress fabrics collection, inspired by an undersung national institution – the local corner shop. Heath’s imagination was sparked by Philip Ridley’s 1996 children’s book The Hooligan’s Shampoo. “It’s inspired by the story of a boy looking for fantasy in his everyday life – the corner shop with its colourful kitchen sponges, white bread, elastic bands and bananas… The girl next door, whose pink shampoo bubbles and pet piranhas float and swim through his mind,” she explains.
The corner shop is a palace of dreams… It is everything but the kitchen sink, a Polaroid of an everyday British childhood.
Taking cues from Ridley’s story, Heath created luminously off-kilter scenes from ordinary household objects in her studio, imbuing them with her own sense of wonder and fun: “Flowers made from dish sponges, cotton wool balls like candy floss, canary-yellow banana skins waiting to trip you up on the pavement – they become the stars of these unusual, playful and joyful designs.” These scenes were hand-painted into beautiful new artworks by our Liberty Fabrics designers in the London studio. Vividly nostalgic colour separations pay homage to the traditional layers found in classic screen-printing.
The collaboration features 15 designs on 13 Liberty Fabrics bases, spanning from the thickest velvet and denim to the most exquisite organza, satin and silk duchesse – including two jacquards, woven with a fun and fruity design. Later to come this year, look out for a one-of-a-kind Interiors range including frilled printed bedding, linen and velvet cushions and printed tote shopper bags, as well as fringe-trimmed armchair and even a luxurious velvet bed in the Banana Slip print – a peek into the realm of the fantastic, offering a sprinkling of magic and wonder for grown-up interiors.
The colours smell of children’s parties, spilt sherbet, marshmallows and plastic raincoats.