Fashion and Textile Museum celebrates the impact of design, music, art and celebrity on 20th-century fashion, from Rock ‘n’ Roll to Punk
From the poodle skirts and embellished leathers of the rockers, the cool styling of the Mods, the high baroque of Psychedelia and the kitsch glamour of 1970s retro, this exhibition celebrates the time when British popular culture first captivated the world.
Throughout, furniture, original posters, graphics and promotional materials helps to set the scene with an “I’m Backing Britain” display creating a dramatic centrepiece. The exhibition also highlights the casual throwaway nature of much Pop design, from the paper furniture and Union Jack clothing of ‘Swinging London’ to the late 1960s American vogue for paper dresses, to the tin badges, machine-embroidered patches and printed t-shirts of the early 1970s.
Exhibition highlights will include purple flares worn by Donovan, the pop-art fashions of Mary Quant as well as Quant’s early modernist pieces from the original Bazaar, items from Elton John’s personal wardrobe, and original pieces from Westwood and McLaren’s Sex. The exhibition will provide new insight into twenty years of popular culture from one of the most comprehensive private collections of design and fashion.
- Curator of the Fashion and Textile Museum, Dennis Nothdruft
The Fashion and Textile Museum
83 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3XF