Peony Pavillion was originally called 'Chinese Garden' and was chosen by fashion designer Anna Sui. This Liberty print is based on an archive design from 1974. Liberty has many Orientalist style designs, dating from between 1879 and the 1950s. Anna looked at eighteenth century European fantasy of China on heavy silks. In Britain the craze for Chinoiserie style and Oriental exotica emerged in the 1770s. The textile show at the Met 'The Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade' featured eighteenth century women’s dresses, men’s robes and painted portraits, Anna's inspiration derived from this exhibition and led to this final design selection from the Liberty Archive. The print was named after the title of the Ming Dynasty play by Tang Xianzu.
54 inches wide
priced by 1/2 yard