№ 3485

Silk reticule printed with ‘Ianthe’ design

Originally devised as a wallpaper border in c.1902 by French artist René Beauclair, Ianthe was first printed for Liberty in 1967 as part of the decade’s revival of ornate Art Nouveau styles. It was reimagined for the ‘swinging London’ market by the Haward Studio, a family textile firm who sold designs to Liberty for three generations, from the Edwardian era to the 1980s. After its ‘60s reintroduction Ianthe was an instant hit with Liberty’s Carnaby Street clientele, appearing originally on furnishing and dress fabrics before being developed for use on scarves. The design joined the Tana Classics collection in 1986.
UK, 1967-1979