This is a huge exhibition that will span all sorts of iconic fashion trends from poodle skirts and embellished leathers to the styling of the mods, Psychedelia and kitsch glamour.
In the 1950s a new wave of rock-n-roll and youth culture from America swept the country. The mix of popular images and music with art and fashion would change the way people dressed – blurring the boundaries of commerce, culture and style. Between the optimism of 1955 and the disillusion of Punk, the ‘Pop’ generation created a lifestyle, which reached its apogee in 1966 in ‘Swinging London’, and values which constantly challenged those of wider society.
The head of the Fashion and Textile Museum, Celia Joicey said ‘Pop culture is probably the most significant British phenomenon of the second half of the twentieth century. ’
Pop ! Design. Culture. fashion. will look at the influence of pop culture on fashion from 1955 through to 1976 and as well as fashion it will look at the influences on record covers and packaging also by pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton, and the work of fashion designers like Mary Quant, Vivienne Westwood, John Stephen and Betsey Johnson, design director of the leading New York boutique of the era.
The exhibition is organised by the Fashion and Textile Museum and runs from
6th July – 27th October 2012.
Exhibition opening times: Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–6pm; Last admission 5.15pm.
Ticket prices: £7 adults, £5 students and concessions, free entry for under 12s
The Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF