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Beautiful People explores fabulous and rare examples from the Chelsea boutiques that sparked a fashion revolution in the mid-1960s.

Freed and fuelled by creative exploration and experimentation, they began selling radical clothing to the counterculture youth. Their outrageously flamboyant designs were inspired by romantic ideas of the past; Byron-esque frilled shirts were paired with Regency brocades and plush velvet trousers were mixed with influences from Morocco and the Far East. They blurred gender boundaries with increasingly androgynous styles, creating an explosion of colour, pattern and decoration.

The exhibition explores these era-defining stores and designers, examining the shared free spirit of Granny Takes A Trip, Hung On You, Apple, Biba, Mr Fish, Thea Porter, Ossie Clark and more. Clothes worn by the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix will be displayed as part of recreations of these iconic boutiques.

FashionLondon


Fashion and Textile Museum

83 Bermondsey Street, London, Greater London, SE1 3XF

020 7407 8664

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Tue: 11am - 6pm Wed: 11am - 6pm Thu: 11am - 8pm Fri: 11am - 6pm Sat: 11am - 6pm Sun: 11am - 5pm Mon: Closed

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