LCF X Liberty Fabrics

An Exploration

Three cutting-edge design graduates transform our Alpine Symphony collection into directional fashion looks

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Committed to supporting the designers of the future, we challenged three cutting-edge London College of Fashion, UAL graduates to create directional, contemporary pieces from the Liberty Fabrics SS18 Alpine Symphony collection. With exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Liberty design studio, the graduates were shown the creative process behind the collection, from concept to final composition, before selecting their chosen fabrics and prints. Three weeks of conceptualising, toiles and testing followed as the final garments began to take shape. Here we document their creative journey.

“It’s great to work with new design talent to see how they interpret our collections in fresh and exciting ways.  It’s important for us to engage with the designers of the future. The Alpine Symphony collection is bursting with exciting potential and gives talented young people a brief to play and explore.” Mary-Ann Dunkley, Head of Design, Liberty Fabrics

“Working with Liberty has been an amazing opportunity for our talented alumni who have produced truly beautiful pieces using the new Alpine Symphony collection.  All three designers have produced directional, contemporary pieces which exemplify the versatility and beauty of these fabrics.”  Rob Phillips, Creative Director for the School of Design and Technology at London College of Fashion

The Designers

Joseph Standish Fashion Design and Development

“I really wanted to challenge myself and see if I could work with colours that I’m not familiar with, and to see if would I have the eye that some of the designers do to match up prints.”

“The thing that I found most interesting was the story behind the fabric designs. Much like the work that I do, I try and tell a story and create a world and characters”

“After meeting the design team the first thing I did was go to the Library. I took the lookbook with me and highlighted all the words that stood out and that I thought would tell a story…. this idea of mountaineering and exploration and climbing. I went through loads of archives of jackets and layers and started thinking about what a hiker would take with him.”

Daniel Pascal Tanner Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear

“Liberty caters for the eccentric and that’s someone I like to design for. I like to go into Liberty and really lose myself. This project was a good way to put my handwriting into iconic prints.”

“I describe myself as a Neo-Romantic designer and I rejuvenate ideas through exploring exaggerations in proportion, experimental pallets that explore parameters of taste and embellished finishes with fine detail.”

“It’s easy to see visual references of historical fashion in my work and I always look to include the contrast of classic and modern. Having the opportunity to include these Liberty fabrics in my creative handwriting has been a great privilege.”

Fotini Handra Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear

“I’ve always known of Liberty Fabrics and the prints but haven’t ever worked with them before so I wanted to see my work in a different context.”

“It was so interesting to meet Mary-Ann and be introduced to the Alpine Symphony collection and see how a theme starts and the inspiration turns into the final stage. It was great to be able to ask a lot of questions.”

“I like how brave Liberty are in terms of collaborations. It was interesting to see how the same fabric can take a different life with each collaboration.”

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