Thursday, 25 February 2010

Carnaby Street and fashion - 50 today!

"Perhaps nothing illustrates the new swinging London better than narrow, three-block-long Carnaby Street, which is crammed with a cluster of the 'gear' boutiques where the girls and boys buy each other clothing..." (Time Magazine, April 15, 1966).

This Fashionista loves nothing more than a wander down Carnaby Street, indeed it is adored by fashionistas everywhere! And what better time to celebrate its wonder than today, its 50th anniversary?

In the 1960s, Carnaby Street proved popular for followers of the hippy style and housed many fashion boutiques and designers such as Mary Quant and Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin, as well as various music bars in the surrounding streets. With bands such as the Beatles, the Who and the Rolling Stones in the area to work, shop, and socialize, it became one of London's coolest destinations associated with the swinging sixties!

Today, Carnaby Street remains home to numerous fashion retailers, including a large number of independent fashion boutiques: Fur Coat No Knickers, Twenty8Twelve and Eley Kishimoto to name a fabulous few.

Launching today, ‘Carnaby Street: 1960 - 2010’ will celebrate 50 years of fashion and music. The exhibition, at 38 Carnaby Street, is open from today until the beginning of April 2010 and is FREE admission. It will be followed by a series of events throughout 2010 to celebrate Carnaby’s 50th Anniversary including a live music weekend in June and a unique fashion show in September. This Fashionista for one, will be sure not to miss it!