london: pop! design culture fashion

© fashion and textile museum - mary quant's designs and the i'm backing britain display

in the 1950s a new wave of rock' n roll and youth culture from america swept across the planet, and proved to be so influential that it changed the way we dress while remaining popular to this very day. currently on at the fashion and textile museum is pop! design culture fashion, an interesting exhibition that explores and documents the impact of music, art and personality on the development of the fashion of the times through emblematic wardrobe pieces and related memorabilia. from the poodle skirts and embellished leathers of the rockers through to the punk era, this exhibition brilliantly takes in the cool style of the mods, the high baroque of psychedelia and the kitschy glamour of 1970s retro by retailers and designers such as mr freedom and miss mouse. highlights include items from elton john’s quirky personal wardrobe, pop-art fashions of legendary designer mary quant as well as quant’s early modernist pieces from her bazaar store, and original pieces from vivienne westwood and malcolm mclaren’s legendary sex store on london's king's road. additionally, furniture, original posters and graphics and promotional materials will help to set the scene while an i’m backing britain display creates a dramatic centrepiece. [on through oct 27]. location: 83 bermondsey street [southwark].

© fashion and textile museum - different styles for different eras