A WEEK IN LIBERTY TANA LAWN - ALWAYS IN FASHION

I had a bridesmaid's dress in Tana Lawn when I was about 7 years old and I will never forget it. It was the most beautiful dress I think I will ever own, and made by my Mum (good job Mum). I will look out a photo some time soon but, for now, all you need to know is that it was full length with elbow length (I think) sleeves and I think there was braid involved. G o r g e o u s.


The thing is that Liberty of London are yet again championing their Tana Lawn and they have every right to. Crisp clear colours and patterns to die for.

TANA LAWN - It was William Haynes Dorrell - Liberty's fabric buyer - who introduced a lightweight cotton fabric after World War 1 and named it Tana Lawn after Lake Tana in Sudan (from where the yarn originates). It's floral prints soon became a best seller at Liberty. Tana Lawn has a very fine thread count but is also extremely durable providing the best of both worlds.

 No. 1: SMALL SUSANNAH (my Monday choice)

This vibrant beauty is from Liberty 'Art Fabrics' Classic Tana Lawn Collection and is from the 2005 Spring/ Summer archive.

It has since been re-vamped in 2010 to look like this:



Since I am remiss and it is Wednesday today, my Tuesday choice is

No. 2: TORIA BLUE


This is a 2006 range beauty, historically inspired by the Tudor House and originally in the Spring/Summer 2003 collection. 

No.3:  JESS AND JEAN (Today's choice):



This complex design was drawn using make-up (Nars, Shu Uemura and Laura Mercier). It is based on an archival furnishing design and inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and represents Liberty's famous Beauty Hall!

No. 4 (Thursday's choice): POPPY AND HONESTY M



This is created combining honesty leaves and the poppy and was designed by the Silver studio in 1932.


No. 5 (Friday's Choice):  TATUM B TANA CREPE


This was first produced on Tana in 1955 and said to be derived from a 1930s archive design.

SATURDAY'S CHOICE (No. 6):   LAUREN B


Designed in 2006, taken from Lewis F Day's design 'Dante', this design has been included in the classics since 2008.

No.7 (SUNDAY): CLARE AND EMILY D


This is based on a 1940s design and was produced at Liberty's Merton Works. This has been re-scaled and recoloured for the Classics collection.





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