an english garden Imbued with colour and rich floral patterns, this spring collection marks the beginning of a new season and explores our enduring fascination with gardens.
The informal mixture of flowers, herbs and vegetables found in the domestic garden was a major influence on British textile design in the decades around 1900. Traditional garden flowers such as daffodils, anemones, tulips, carnations and forget-me-nots became favourite subjects, preferred over exotic plants that had been used previously as themes of inspiration. Many of the new artists were skilled gardeners and used their botanical knowledge to capture the characteristics of natural life on a flat surface. Their designs became emblematic of the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements and were also used for printed fabrics made by Liberty & Co in London, whose extensive archives were the starting point for our SS19 collection. Now, like then, the presence of blooming plants shown at their best represents a reassuring antidote to noise and pollution.