POP! at the Fashion & Textile Museum

If you read my blog post about the Designing Women exhibition you’ll know I am a massive fan of this gallery.  The current exhibition (running till 27 October) is POP! Design Culture Fashion and is another feast for the eyes.

I went along with little Evan on a beautifully sunny day. We started with an iced tea in the adjoining Teapod cafe, had lunch in a park nearby and had a wander around White Cube (Zhang Huan’s large scale paintings made with incense dust are stunning!) before heading home, pretty much the perfect day out!

The exhibition covers the period of 1945 through to 1976 and shows the gradual change in pop culture through displays of fashion, interior design and music.  

I have picked a few items that really stood out for me, as follows…

Love these British flat pack furniture designs! The one on the left is a child’s paper table by Peter Murdoch, 1967, from a range named ‘One Of Those Things’ and the white chair is a ‘knock-down’ design from Anthony Graham Designs, c1966. 


This ‘Potato Sack Dress’ was created in New York, a play on the radical new French fashions that were launching in the late 50s, nodding to Pierre Cardin’s ‘Sac’ dress. It references the potato sack dresses worn by the poor in the US during the Great Depression of the 1930s.  The poster behind features Marilyn Monroe posing for shots in the mid 50s with the strap line ‘She looks beautiful, even in a potato sack’.


These stunning paper dresses include an image of Audrey Hepburn’s eye.  The idea dates back to 1966 when the Scott Paper Company launched their ‘Paper Caper’ dress as a promotional product.  They were taken by surprise by their success, selling nearly half a million by the end of the year.  These designs are by Harry Gordon, a British designer.  He also launched a dress featuring Bob Dylan, who was not impressed and demanded that they were withdrawn from sale! 



I remember the crazy 80s radios of my childhood but these are the originals! The transistor radio was designed in the mid 1950s and was understandably adopted by the Pop generation, reworked as Coke bottles, cheeseburgers, tea cups and baked bean cans, taking inspiration from the iconic works of Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. 

Here are a few more photos I took on the day…

Mini dress by Zandra Rhodes, c1968.
Featuring ‘All over neon with Mr Man and exploding cigar’ fabric 
with dress design by Sylvia Ayton
Left: shirt made from Lloyd Johnson’s ‘Soup Can’ fabric, 1973
Right: ‘Ice Cream’ textile designed by Andy Warhol, c1961, for 
Stephen Bruce of the New York cafe-boutique ‘Serendipity’ who
was an early supporter of Warhol.

For more information about this exhibition, visit the Fashion & Textile Museum website
The next exhibition will be Hartnell to Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment, from 16 November.









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