In the wake of the centenary of Suffrage, Liberty has commissioned legendary photographer, Mary McCartney, to capture eight extraordinary women that represent today’s worlds of culture, fashion and commerce, and share their portraits in a new exhibition launching on International Women's Day.
The Women of Liberty features women who have a connection to the London store and who are edging us closer to a diverse and equal society; the likes of Anya Hindmarch, Florence Welch and Katharine Hamnett.
"Roll back to the early 1990s and we would find Suffragettes gathering in our panelled wooden halls and café plotting their campaigns, seizing the rare opportunity to be left unchaperoned – a freedom granted only during visits to department stores. At Liberty, we welcomed these courageous women, selling soaps, sashes and pins to support their mission," reads the show's description.
Along with Mary McCartney's portraits, Liberty is celebrating the "original women of Liberty" by reinstating Emma Blackmore's portrait on its shop floor. Arthur Liberty's second wife, Blackmore played a pivotal role in the brand's making, securing a loan from her father that enabled the first Liberty store in 1875. An accomplished photographer, she travelled extensively with her merchant adventurer husband and published a book of her photographs from one of their many trips to Japan.
The Women of Liberty launches on 8 March, International Women's Day.