A Tale of Two Streets: King’s Road & Carnaby Street

Thursday 16 May | 6pm–8pm

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Talk: £15 | £12 Students
Talk plus book: £31.95 | £28.95 Students

Join Alistair O’Neill from Central Saint Martins to learn about the pivotal role played by Carnaby Street and King’s Road in defining 1960s Swinging London. Mary Quant’s Bazaar at 138a King’s Road and John Stephen’s shop at 5 Carnaby Street were retail experiments in catering to a young, like-minded clientele and they established a blueprint for the fashion boutique as a new kind of retail space. The notoriety and success of these businesses turned both streets into shopping destinations for those keen to sign-up for youthquake.

London: after a Fashion, £16.95 published by Reaktion, 2007, charts the role and influence London has had on fashion and its place as one of the most important cities on the design landscape for centuries. O’Neill explores and elevates the importance of fashion’s role in the social and cultural history of London, an impact which is often overlooked. Covering a broad scope, from the tattooing craze of the 1890s to chintz in the 1980s, as well as examining the boutique lifestyle of the 1960s, London: after a Fashion shows how fundamental the impact of fashion has had on London and beyond.

Author Biography
Alistair O’Neill is a writer, curator and lecturer in Fashion at Central St Martnis. He has contributed to multiple books, had numerous research papers published and London: after a Fashion is his first solo book. His work often deals with the representation of metropolitan fashion cultures and the role of surviving material culture and photography. He has worked as a curatorial consultant for Somerset House Trust since the beginning of its contemporary exhibitions programme, co-curating exhibitions on Valentino, Isabella Blow and Guy Bourdin among many others.

Pre-order your copy of London: after a Fashion with your event ticket to collect on the night of the talk, through the link below

Talk: £15 | £12 Students
Talk plus book: £31.95 | £28.95 Students

All tickets include a complimentary drink and exhibition entry

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Numbers are limited for this event, please book early to avoid disappointment. If you have any questions about this event please complete our enquiry form.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a book signing in the foyer. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

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