Discover the fashion, design and art of the Chelsea Set – a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers and artists who challenged the established order in 1950s London.
Spanning the period from 1952 to 1977 and presenting fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, homewares, ceramics and ephemera, this exhibition 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 Terence Conran and Mary 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.
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 also includes 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.