Celebrating ”Hippie Chic”-a unique exhibition at Museum of Fine Arts,Boston.-”where psychedelic meets Yves Saint Laurent patchwork. ”


As the Woodstock generation challenged the status quo, a cultural revolution was born, and the world of fashion felt the reverberations. For the first time, haute couture designers weren’t dictating all the trends; instead, inspiration for many of the latest styles came from hippies and young people on the street. With their long hair and vibrant mix of ethnic and vintage clothing, hippies created a unique look that trickled up the fashion ladder, even to the runways of the world’s top fashion houses. The fun and colorful fashions that emerged were popularized by iconic rock stars and celebrities of the era: The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Cher. The emerging hippie culture adopted an eclectic, highly individual look, mixing vintage and ethnic clothing with fashions inspired by contemporary psychedelic Pop art, nature, fantasy, and ethnographic art. “Hippie Chic” celebrates the designs of innovative boutiques and young designers and includes 54 ensembles, in materials (crushed velvet, eyelet, satin, leather), techniques and embellishments (tie-dye, patchwork, beads, and fringe), and styles from psychedelic to retro.


Woman's jacket, 1970, Barry and Yosha Finch

The exhibition captures the energy and vibrancy of the style and period through works ranging from young hip designers and avant-garde boutiques such as Ossie Clark, Betsey Johnson, and “Granny Takes a Trip,” to more established designers including Geoffrey Beene, Arnold Scaasi, and Yves Saint Laurent. “Hippie Chic” offers an immersive experience with shag rugs, spinning lights, rotating platforms throughout the gallery. A vintage jukebox sets the mood for this fun, far-out trip with original 45s of such pop hits of the era as the Grateful Dead’s “Sugar Magnolia,” “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze,” and “Love Her Madly” by the Doors. Celebrate the spirit of the Summer of Love at the MFA and enjoy the colorful, fun spirit of “hippie” style that informed the beautifully made garments of “chic.”

Geoffrey Beene, Woman's dress, 1970. Printed silk plain weave

Geoffrey Beene, Woman’s dress, 1970. Printed silk plain weaveJohn Pearse for Granny Takes a Trip, Man's jacket, about 1967.

John Pearse for Granny Takes a Trip, Man’s jacket, about 1967.
Woman's dress, 1969, Thea Porter

Woman’s dress, 1969, Thea Porter

Roy Halston Frowick, Tie-dyed ensemble, 1969. Silk velvet; tie-dyed

Roy Halston Frowick, Tie-dyed ensemble, 1969. Silk velvet; tie-dyed

Woman's dress, 1971, Giorgio di Sant'Angelo.

Woman’s dress, 1971, Giorgio di Sant’Angelo.

July 16, 2013 – November 11, 2013

Museum of Fine Arts,Boston

Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184

“Tommy Nutter-Rebel on the Row” forthcoming exhibition at the FTM


20th May – 22nd October 2011, Fashion and Textile Museum,London

Tommy Nutter

20 May 2011 – 22 October 2011

Fashion and Textile Museum is currently closed for a good reason, staging the brillintly themed forthcoming exhibition on  Thomas Nutter,founder of the famous “Nutters” shop in Saville Row or otherwise, theman-epitome of great british bespoke tailoring, the one reiventing the Saville Row suit around the 60’s.  The influence of the Nutter style in fashion,celebrity,rock world of the time aided significally to the boost of the whole Saville Row tradition,an issue also to be analysed/exposed during the exhibition and various workshops,talks etc that will accompany the main event. So here’s the exhibition’s official announcement and for those with questions regarding Mr Nutter,we will be back shortly with more infos on the exciting subject of 60-70’s bespoke tailoring frenzy! A list of his clients included Sir Roy Strong, Mick Jagger,Bianca Jagger,Elton John as well as dressing  The Beatles in the cover of “Abbey Road” album in 1969. Yet Nutter continued to create new shapes influencing fashion,with his most famous latest work being Jack Nicholson’s full costume guardrobe for the role of “Jocker” in the 1989 Batman film.

Exhibition details-Press release

20th May – 22nd October 2011
The FTM is building up to the opening of  its new exhibitionwith great excitement as it is going to contain some really special items. The Nutter order books read like a roll call of the great names of the day; Mick Jagger, Elton John, The Beatles, Charlie Watts, Neil Sedaka, Cilla Black, and Twiggy were all clients and through their generosity we have some great items on display.

When Nutters opened in 1969 on Savile Row, the staid and traditional world of bespoke tailoring entered a new era. It all started when Thomas Nutter, working as a junior sales assistant, met Edward Sexton, a cutter who had trained with Kilgour, French and Stanbury – one of the great bespoke establishments on the Row. It was this meeting that would lead to the formation of Nutters of Savile Row.

Tommy Nutter’s personable and stylish attitude to the styling and selling of clothes would link with the exquisite tailoring andsculptural cutting of Sexton in a completely new way. With Sexton cutting to Nutter’s ideas the Nutter style was born.

This exhibition not only explores the Nutter style but will also analyse the contribution of this legendary individual in the marketing and branding of a Savile Row company. A range of suits takes the viewer through the changes that Nutter introduced and will place his work in the social and historical context of the late 1960s through to the 1990s.

As always, the FTM is hosting a range of exciting and interesting events to compliment the exhibition such as a talk with guest curator Timothy Everest – sharing his first hand stories of working with Tommy Nutter in his Savile Row shop and his thoughts on the exhibition plus a Masterclass in Pattern Cutting with pattern cutter Edward Sexton, and many more.  Diving into sartorial past  that still  shapes the present,its an exhibition not to be missed.


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