Exhibition Highlights Tour

Every Wednesday and Friday at 1pm

Join one of the Museum team to see and learn more about the highlights of our exhibition THEA PORTER 70s Bohemian Chic. Free Talk included in exhibition ticket


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.

Exhibition Dates: 6 February – 3 May 2015
Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am – 6pm
Thursdays until 8pm
Sundays, 11am–5pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing
Closed Mondays

Tickets may be purchased in person on the day of the visit.

£8.80 adults*
£6.60 concessions*
£5.50 students

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50% off full price ticket for Art Fund members
Art Fund tickets are available to be purchased in person with a valid Art Fund membership card and cannot be booked in advance.

Children under 12 are free.

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Exhibition Highlight Tours / Every Wednesday and Friday at 1pm
Join one of the Museum team to see and learn more about the highlights of our exhibition. Talk included with exhibition ticket.

Ticket Terms and Conditions
*Adult and Concession tickets include a 10% voluntary charitable donation. Your donation will help the museum raise funds for future exhibitions and learning programmes. Please say when buying your ticket if you do not wish to make this charitable donation.

Concessions are available for senior citizens holding concessionary identification such as a valid rail or bus pass and ES40 holders.

Student admission applies to full or part-time UK students holding a current institutional student card or NUS card, and to international students with either an EU student card or an International Student Identity Card (ISIC).

Images: Moyra Swan in Turkey by Barry Lategan, Vogue, Nov 1971 pp.126-127. © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd. Please contact syndication@condenast.co.uk for press use.

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