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Thea Porter 70s Bohemian Chic

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Moyra Swan in Thea Porter by Barry Lategan, Turkey, Vogue UK, November 1971 pp.126-127.

Are you ready for me London? It's just two more weeks until the Thea Porter Exhibit at the Fashion and Textile Museum opens! I am very proud to let you know that I have loaned a dozen pieces to the museum from the Shrimpton Couture archives and that I will be traveling to London to attend the opening gala. I took the liberty of stealing the brilliant summation of the show from FTM’s website :

"The first-ever exhibition on the fashion and interior design of Thea Porter (1927–2000) who pioneered bohemian chic in the 1960s and 1970s. Her shop in Greek street, Soho opened in 1966 and instantly drew a rock and film star crowd of clients from the Beatles and Pink Floyd to Elizabeth Taylor, Faye Dunaway and Barbara Streisand. The retrospective covers Porter’s life and career from her early years in Jerusalem and Damascus, Beirut in the 1950s, Soho in the 1960s, and New York, Los Angeles and Paris in the 1970s. Featuring outfits worn by some of the world’s best-dressed women, the exhibition explores the influence of Middle Eastern and North African textiles and culture on 20th century fashion and interior design. Highlights include Porter’s seven signature looks: the Abaya & Kaftan; the Gipsy dress; the Faye dress; the Brocade-panel dress; the Wrap-over dress; the Chazara jacket; and the Sirwal skirt, as well as important fashion photography from the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Women’s Wear Daily."

Make sure to watch this space and our instagram for real time updates on the exhibit! For more information visit ftmlondon.org.

P.S. If you don’t already know, my beautiful friend Laura has curated and co-authored the accompanying book. Laura is so brilliant and has a true love and devotion to vintage. I am so proud to have her as a contributor on Curated and also to be a part of this immense stepping stone in her career as a fashion historian. Thea would be proud Laura!

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