Exhibition Dates: 8 February – 2 June 2019
Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will present the fashion, design and art of the Chelsea Set; a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers and artists who were redefining the concept of youth and challenging the established order in 1950s London. At the forefront of this group of young revolutionaries were Mary Quant and Terence Conran.
Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will span the period from 1952 – 1977 and will present fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, homewares, ceramics and ephemera in an exhibition that 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 Conran and 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.
Images taken from Conran/Quant: Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution, published by ACC Art Books.
Image (left): Terence Conran photographed by Michael Wickham at his first exhibition, ‘Ideas and Objects for the Home’, held at Simpsons of Piccadilly in 1952. Photo by Michael Wickham. Copyright Denny Wickham. Image (right): Mary Quant by Vic Singh, c.1961. Courtesy of a Private Collection.