Editors note: The Thea Porter exhibit opens to the public today at The Fashion and Textile Museum. I was lucky enough to fly over to London and attend the opening of the exhibit and Laura has done an amazing job. I will be posting more about the exhibit and the event next week but in the meantime enjoy this exclusive glimpse that Laura has shared with us from Thea's personal papers.
Following on from my previous post on fashion illustrations I found amongst Thea Porter's personal papers, here are a few more. Commissioned in 1979 by Thea Porter from the illustrator Angela Landels, they show a group of designs made out of chiffon with cascading hearts hand-painted by the textile artist Hannah Meckler. The model Sarah Tremlett also appeared in Thea's publicity photos that year. The shorter black dress features several of Thea's signatures - smocked shoulders, a keyhole neck and a softly pleated skirt provide for a perfectly romantic frock. The original of this dress is on view in my exhibition on Thea Porter at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London (February 6th to May 3rd). The blue dress is an example of her cross-over style, which she first produced in 1970, but adapted in the late seventies with a ruffled hem. I adore these dresses because they are romantic and chic yet easy to wear. These illustrations did not make it into either the book or the exhibition, and were not published in 1979, so this is the first time they have been made public.