JUST CALL HIM CLAIRE: Artist Grayson Perry last week unveiled the fabrics he’s designed for Liberty as part of the Regent Street store’s “Prints Charming” exhibition. Perry’s prints for Liberty include “Cranford,” a pattern of grinning faces wearing bonnets, inspired by the recent BBC costume drama, and “Sissy,” which works childlike images of rocking horses and teddy bears into a print alongside automatic rifles and fighter planes. Perry, who was dressed as his female alter ego, Claire (only in Britain!), said he wasn’t snobbish about his work appearing on boxer shorts, fabrics and lamp shades. “All artists are in the business of home furnishings,” he said with a wry smile. Other artists who had designed prints, including Paul Morrison, Mike McInnerney and Simon Hart, joined Perry at the London store to chat over elderflower cocktails. Perry also celebrated the launch by appearing in Liberty’s Regent Street window for an hour — which he’d styled to resemble a “Lithuanian peasant’s” abode — along with his designs.
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