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Liberty shawl



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Liberty brocaded chiffon shawl, early 20th century

In 1884 Liberty's introduced a costume department under Edward Godwin, a distinguished architect and founding member of the Costume Society. His vision mirrored that of Arthur Liberty in creating in-house apparel to challenge the fashions of Paris. Although Godwin died in 1886, his artistic inspiration endured within Liberty's.

Godwin's death, and that of Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1882, William Morris in 1896, and the departure of American artist Whistler for Paris, foretold the end of the Aesthetic Movement. A new artistic movement was emerging with Libertys at its center. Liberty & Co. was so closely identified with the origins of Art Nouveau that the movement was known in Italy as Stile Liberty.

The varicolored shawl features an exotic Persian-style pattern, printed and brocaded on a ground of sheer brown silk chiffon. The multi-colored, serpentine motif conveys the enigmatic allure of the East. Our gossamer shawl will not keep you warm, but you will be wrapped in beauty.

The layered effect of the richly textured, Persian-style pattern calls to mind the splendors of Central Asian textile art imported into Europe via the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. The shawl features a padded Chinese floral closure, a detail often used in Liberty designs.

The condition is excellent.

It measures 20" wide by 98" long.

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