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Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution Exhibition to open 8 February

Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution at the Fashion & Textile Museum London 8 February - 2 June 2019 will present the fashion, design and art of the Chelsea Set; a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers and artists who were redefining the concept of youth and challenging the established order in 1950s London. At the forefront of this group of young revolutionaries were Mary Quant and Terence Conran.

The exhibition will span the period from 1952 – 1977 and will present fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, homewares, ceramics and ephemera in an exhibition that explores not only the style but the socioeconomic importance of this transformative period of time. Key pieces include rare and early examples of designs by Conran and Quant, plus the avant-garde artists, designers and intellectuals who worked alongside them, such as designers Bernard and Laura Ashley, sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and artist and photographer Nigel Henderson.

Antiques News & Fairs - Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution Exhibition to open 8 February

Mary Quant by Vic Singh, c.1961. Courtesy of a Private Collection.

PVC coats, OP Art and Space Age dresses by Mary Quant are seen alongside the early smocks, textile designs and dresses of Laura and Bernard Ashley and the modern wicker, steel and glass furniture of Terence Conran. The exhibition will also include the textiles, ceramics and furniture of Eduardo Paolozzi and Nigel Henderson, who were founding members of the Independent Group and together created innovative designs under their company, Hammer Prints, set up in 1954.

The exhibition will explore not just design of the period, but the creation of trailblazing shopping experiences - from Mary Quant’s rebellious London boutique ‘Bazaar’ (opened in 1955) to Terence Conran’s Habitat (opened in 1964). These shops were not just about designing for a new youth generation, but also promoting a new way of shopping and living. With Bazaar, Quant irreversibly altered the traditional approach to fashion design and retailing and outraged the all-powerful French fashion establishment. With Habitat, Conran created a retail environment that was a total work of art; ‘a Gesamntkunstwerk’, combining the theatre of The Chelsea Set’s London, with the relatively new phenomenon of ‘serve yourself’, supermarket-style shopping.

Antiques News & Fairs - Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution Exhibition to open 8 February

Terence Conran photographed by Michael Wickham at his first exhibition, 'Ideas and Objects for the Home',  held at  Simpsons of  Piccadilly in 1952.

The influence of France (Conran first visited in 1953) can be seen in Conran’s informal, light and bright styling, with merchandise piled high, reminiscent of the hustle and bustle of a colourful street market. Early designs by Quant for Bazaar are plain, unadorned and unstructured; simple pinafores with dropped waistlines often worn with coloured stockings. A remarkable cotton, red and white Broderie Anglaise lounging ensemble by Quant (1955/56), will be shown alongside a range of furniture, fabrics, enamelware and ephemera from the first days of Habitat.

In order to spotlight not just the fashion, but the lifestyle and design of the time, Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will be presented in the form of detailed tableaus. During the mid 1950s, the increasing availability of inexpensive foreign package holidays and of films with exotic European settings inspired the eruption of coffee bars, bistros and other such distinctly continental establishments on British high streets.

Antiques News & Fairs - Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution Exhibition to open 8 February

The flat of Colin St John Wilson, architect of the British Library, 1952, with furniture by Terence Conran.

The exhibition will also present an insight into the lesser known early work of Laura and Bernard Ashley, whose ideas were influencing culture long before their iconic florals. Bernard Ashley’s textile design, Jazz Players, was probably the first example of a ‘Pop’ textile, whilst Laura’s simple hard-wearing striped smocks, aprons and the easy to wear ‘basic dress’ would go on to become design classics. Furnishing fabrics by Laura and Bernard Ashley will be shown alongside ceramics by W.R Midwinter, jewellery by Wendy Ramshaw, textiles by David Whitehead, lighting by Bernard Schottlander, untouched makeup palettes and accessories by Mary Quant and a myriad of other ephemera, which will together create a comprehensive insight into the period.

Antiques News & Fairs - Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution Exhibition to open 8 February

The 5.1 cabinet,  1952. As far  as is  known,  the  5.1 was the  first piece of case furniture from Conran's initial independent range of  furniture to be commercially available.

At that early period he was still personally making the furniture with the much valued assistance of Eric O'Leary, a former technician with the sculptor Henry Moore.


Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will provide an extensive and provocative look at a truly innovative era in London’s history, exploring the origins of Pop culture and how fashion, music and art were used to demand and effect societal change in the years that followed.


Tickets and further information at Fashion & Textile Museum

About The Fashion and Textile Museum:

The Fashion and Textile Museum is the only museum in the UK solely dedicated to showcasing developments in contemporary fashion, as well as providing inspiration, support and training for those working in the industry. Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes in 2003, the museum is part of Newham College London – one of Europe’s largest further education colleges. The Fashion and Textile Museum offers an exciting programme of exhibitions and displays throughout the year, alongside an array of talks, events and workshops with industry professionals. Recent exhibitions at the Museum have included ‘Liberty in Fashion’, ‘Josef Frank Patterns – Furniture - Painting’, ‘Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern’ and ‘T-Shirt: Cult - Culture - Subversion’ and 'Night & Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs'.



2019 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru
21 June – 8 September 2019 | ftmlondon.org | #fashiontextile 

For decades designers worldwide have been influenced by the traditional textiles of Peru. Weavers of the Clouds explores the processes and practices of both historic and contemporary Peruvian costume via garments, textiles, photographs, tools, illustrations and paintings, dating from pre-Hispanic to present day.

Works presented include designs by Meche Correa and Chiara Macchievello, photographs by Martin Chambi, Mariano Vivanco and Toni Frissell, never before seen costume illustrations by Francisco Gamarra and paintings and illustrations by, Pancho Fierro and Elena Izcue. The Fashion Studio will also present a display of contemporary art, curated by Martin Morales.

With many artists of all forms now looking to Peru for fashion, textile and culinary inspiration, this is a very exciting time to examine the history and future of Peruvian textiles.

Antiques News & Fairs - Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution Exhibition to open 8 February

Peruvian textiles


Zandra Rhodes: 50 years of Fabulous
27 September – 26 January 2020 | ftmlondon.org | #fashiontextile 

The acclaimed British designer Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE founded her eponymous fashion house in 1969 with a small collection. Her prints were Pop Art-infused commentaries on the world of Sixties Britain; the designer felt that there was inherent structure within the pattern that could work with and enhance the shape and construction of a dress. With this concept as a starting point and with her distinctive approach to cut and form, the house of Zandra Rhodes soon became one of the most recognisable labels in London.

In celebration of fifty years of the Zandra Rhodes’ label, the Fashion and Textile Museum presents Zandra Rhodes: Fifty Years of Fabulous. This retrospective will highlight 100 key looks, as well as 50 original textiles. This comprehensive exhibition will explore five decades of the distinguished career of a British design legend.

Antiques News & Fairs - Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution Exhibition to open 8 February

Zandra Rhodes

 


 



 
 
 




News & Fairs Previews

Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution Exhibition to open 8 February

Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution at the Fashion & Textile Museum London 8 February - 2 June 2019 will present the fashion, design and art of the Chelsea Set; a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers and artists who were redefining the concept of youth and challenging the established order in 1950s London. At the forefront of this group of young revolutionaries were Mary Quant and Terence Conran.

The exhibition will span the period from 1952 – 1977 and will present fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, homewares, ceramics and ephemera in an exhibition that explores not only the style but the socioeconomic importance of this transformative period of time. Key pieces include rare and early examples of designs by Conran and Quant, plus the avant-garde artists, designers and intellectuals who worked alongside them, such as designers Bernard and Laura Ashley, sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and artist and photographer Nigel Henderson.

Antiques News & Fairs - Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution Exhibition to open 8 February

Mary Quant by Vic Singh, c.1961. Courtesy of a Private Collection.

PVC coats, OP Art and Space Age dresses by Mary Quant are seen alongside the early smocks, textile designs and dresses of Laura and Bernard Ashley and the modern wicker, steel and glass furniture of Terence Conran. The exhibition will also include the textiles, ceramics and furniture of Eduardo Paolozzi and Nigel Henderson, who were founding members of the Independent Group and together created innovative designs under their company, Hammer Prints, set up in 1954.

The exhibition will explore not just design of the period, but the creation of trailblazing shopping experiences - from Mary Quant’s rebellious London boutique ‘Bazaar’ (opened in 1955) to Terence Conran’s Habitat (opened in 1964). These shops were not just about designing for a new youth generation, but also promoting a new way of shopping and living. With Bazaar, Quant irreversibly altered the traditional approach to fashion design and retailing and outraged the all-powerful French fashion establishment. With Habitat, Conran created a retail environment that was a total work of art; ‘a Gesamntkunstwerk’, combining the theatre of The Chelsea Set’s London, with the relatively new phenomenon of ‘serve yourself’, supermarket-style shopping.

Antiques News & Fairs - Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution Exhibition to open 8 February

Terence Conran photographed by Michael Wickham at his first exhibition, 'Ideas and Objects for the Home',  held at  Simpsons of  Piccadilly in 1952.

The influence of France (Conran first visited in 1953) can be seen in Conran’s informal, light and bright styling, with merchandise piled high, reminiscent of the hustle and bustle of a colourful street market. Early designs by Quant for Bazaar are plain, unadorned and unstructured; simple pinafores with dropped waistlines often worn with coloured stockings. A remarkable cotton, red and white Broderie Anglaise lounging ensemble by Quant (1955/56), will be shown alongside a range of furniture, fabrics, enamelware and ephemera from the first days of Habitat.

In order to spotlight not just the fashion, but the lifestyle and design of the time, Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will be presented in the form of detailed tableaus. During the mid 1950s, the increasing availability of inexpensive foreign package holidays and of films with exotic European settings inspired the eruption of coffee bars, bistros and other such distinctly continental establishments on British high streets.

Antiques News & Fairs - Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution Exhibition to open 8 February

The flat of Colin St John Wilson, architect of the British Library, 1952, with furniture by Terence Conran.

The exhibition will also present an insight into the lesser known early work of Laura and Bernard Ashley, whose ideas were influencing culture long before their iconic florals. Bernard Ashley’s textile design, Jazz Players, was probably the first example of a ‘Pop’ textile, whilst Laura’s simple hard-wearing striped smocks, aprons and the easy to wear ‘basic dress’ would go on to become design classics. Furnishing fabrics by Laura and Bernard Ashley will be shown alongside ceramics by W.R Midwinter, jewellery by Wendy Ramshaw, textiles by David Whitehead, lighting by Bernard Schottlander, untouched makeup palettes and accessories by Mary Quant and a myriad of other ephemera, which will together create a comprehensive insight into the period.

Antiques News & Fairs - Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution Exhibition to open 8 February

The 5.1 cabinet,  1952. As far  as is  known,  the  5.1 was the  first piece of case furniture from Conran's initial independent range of  furniture to be commercially available.

At that early period he was still personally making the furniture with the much valued assistance of Eric O'Leary, a former technician with the sculptor Henry Moore.


Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will provide an extensive and provocative look at a truly innovative era in London’s history, exploring the origins of Pop culture and how fashion, music and art were used to demand and effect societal change in the years that followed.


Tickets and further information at Fashion & Textile Museum

About The Fashion and Textile Museum:

The Fashion and Textile Museum is the only museum in the UK solely dedicated to showcasing developments in contemporary fashion, as well as providing inspiration, support and training for those working in the industry. Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes in 2003, the museum is part of Newham College London – one of Europe’s largest further education colleges. The Fashion and Textile Museum offers an exciting programme of exhibitions and displays throughout the year, alongside an array of talks, events and workshops with industry professionals. Recent exhibitions at the Museum have included ‘Liberty in Fashion’, ‘Josef Frank Patterns – Furniture - Painting’, ‘Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern’ and ‘T-Shirt: Cult - Culture - Subversion’ and 'Night & Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs'.



2019 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru
21 June – 8 September 2019 | ftmlondon.org | #fashiontextile 

For decades designers worldwide have been influenced by the traditional textiles of Peru. Weavers of the Clouds explores the processes and practices of both historic and contemporary Peruvian costume via garments, textiles, photographs, tools, illustrations and paintings, dating from pre-Hispanic to present day.

Works presented include designs by Meche Correa and Chiara Macchievello, photographs by Martin Chambi, Mariano Vivanco and Toni Frissell, never before seen costume illustrations by Francisco Gamarra and paintings and illustrations by, Pancho Fierro and Elena Izcue. The Fashion Studio will also present a display of contemporary art, curated by Martin Morales.

With many artists of all forms now looking to Peru for fashion, textile and culinary inspiration, this is a very exciting time to examine the history and future of Peruvian textiles.

Antiques News & Fairs - Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution Exhibition to open 8 February

Peruvian textiles


Zandra Rhodes: 50 years of Fabulous
27 September – 26 January 2020 | ftmlondon.org | #fashiontextile 

The acclaimed British designer Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE founded her eponymous fashion house in 1969 with a small collection. Her prints were Pop Art-infused commentaries on the world of Sixties Britain; the designer felt that there was inherent structure within the pattern that could work with and enhance the shape and construction of a dress. With this concept as a starting point and with her distinctive approach to cut and form, the house of Zandra Rhodes soon became one of the most recognisable labels in London.

In celebration of fifty years of the Zandra Rhodes’ label, the Fashion and Textile Museum presents Zandra Rhodes: Fifty Years of Fabulous. This retrospective will highlight 100 key looks, as well as 50 original textiles. This comprehensive exhibition will explore five decades of the distinguished career of a British design legend.

Antiques News & Fairs - Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution Exhibition to open 8 February

Zandra Rhodes