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2007/42/1 Opera cape, womans, silk / metallic thread / fur, made by Liberty and Company, London, England, 1920-1925. Click to enlarge.

Opera cape by Liberty & Co

Made
This magnificent opera cape was made by Liberty of London in about 1920. The rich brocaded silk is a very fine example of Liberty's exotic textiles and is probably a Liberty 'Art Fabric'. The gold brocaded pattern finishes just before the hem, revealing softly coloured silk which appears to be hand-painted. The fur collar adds to the very exclusive styling of this garment.

Arthur Lasenby Liberty (1843-1917) was very influential in the design of English women's dress and interiors. He opened …

Summary

Object No.

2007/42/1

Object Statement

Opera cape, womans, silk / metallic thread / fur, made by Liberty and Company, London, England, 1920-1925

Physical Description

Opera cape, womans, silk / metallic thread / fur, made by Liberty and Company, London, England, 1920-1925

Full length opera cape of possibly hand painted silk in pinks, blues and greens with metallic brocade of weft threads creating a surface design of flowers and leaves. Design rises from just above the hem, dwindling as it rises toward the neck. Shaped across the shoulders, the cape gathers at the neck with a centre front opening fastening at neck with long tabs with teardrop shaped weighted ends. The dark brown fur collar is secured when folded over with press studs at each underside corner. Cape is fully lined in a gold coloured metallic silk with a patch pocket at wearers inside right front.

Marks

Manufacturer's fabric label at inside back neck, woven, royal coat of arms 'LIBERTY / LONDON'

Production

Notes

Inspired by textiles he had imported from overseas, Lasenby Liberty organised factories to produce similar fabrics in England and registered his designs. It is thought that this fabric is an example of a Liberty 'Art Fabric', which were manufactured in London, England, and extremely popular at the time.

History

Notes

This cape was bought in about 1994 at a Melbourne deceased estate auction by collector Tony Palmer. The two elegant and artistic sisters who owned it had travelled to Europe in the late nineteenth century and again in the 1920s. It was on the second trip that they must have bought the opera cape.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 2007

Acquisition Date

3 April 2007

Cite this Object

Harvard

Opera cape by Liberty & Co 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 10 May 2021, <https://ma.as/363365>

Wikipedia

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