Exhibition Archives: Tommy Nutter – Rebel on the Row

Introduction By the 1960s, the world of bespoke tailoring had been left behind by the ‘youthquake’ generation. As a consequence Savile Row, for 100 years the pinnacle of discreet taste and gentlemen’s dressing, was seen as an outmoded and old fashioned approach to dressing in the milieu of Swinging London. Savile Row itself was established … Continue reading Exhibition Archives: Tommy Nutter – Rebel on the Row

Exhibition Archives: Hartnell to Amies – Couture by Royal Appointment

Introduction This retrospective exhibition of ground-breaking London designers Norman Hartnell, and Hardy Amies celebrates the timeless elegance of fashionable London couture. The consummate design skills of these men were – publicised world-wide by the patronage of the Royal Family and helped to re-establish Britain’s reputation as an international fashion centre after the Second World War. … Continue reading Exhibition Archives: Hartnell to Amies – Couture by Royal Appointment

Exhibition Archives: Liberty in Fashion

Introduction Liberty has been a part of the British landscape since its founding by Arthur Lasenby Liberty 140 years ago. Originally a warehouse supplying fashionable goods from the Far East, Liberty soon established a style and approach that was distinctive in the milieu of British retailing. Liberty’s contribution to British fashion, both that produced by … Continue reading Exhibition Archives: Liberty in Fashion

Defining Moments: Anna Sui

Anna Sui is the classic American fashion designer. From Detroit to New York, her signature rock-n-roll romanticism reinvents pop culture for every new generation. Since her first catwalk show in 1991, Sui has shaped not only the garments, textiles, accessories, beauty and interiors which comprise her design universe, but also the course of fashion history. … Continue reading Defining Moments: Anna Sui

Zandra Rhodes: Processes, Practices and the Importance of Sketching

Zandra Rhodes is never far from her sketchbook. Early training at school and art school instilled in her an understanding of the importance of drawing within a creative practice. The designer’s very disciplined approach to her sketchbooks includes drawing every day; she also does not remove pages from her sketchbook. In them, each drawing, whether … Continue reading Zandra Rhodes: Processes, Practices and the Importance of Sketching

Exhibition Archives: Riviera Style

Bathing Beauties: 1895 - 1919 As bathing became a recreational pastime in the mid-nineteenth century so specialised clothing was developed largely to preserve the wearer's modesty. Women were required to wear a bathing dress that completely covered the body: bloomers, an over-dress, stockings, headgear and boots. Initially beaches operated segregation of the sexes and men … Continue reading Exhibition Archives: Riviera Style