Norman Parkinson Archive

Thea Porter: 70s Bohemian Chic

6 February to 3 May 2015, Fashion and Textile Museum


The first-ever exhibition on the fashion and interior design of Thea Porter is on show at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.

Porter (1927–2000) 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. 

The show includes a number of photographs taken by Norman Parkinson in the 1960s and 70s for Vogue magazine and features images of popular models of the day, Jan Ward and Maudie James. His work is on display alongside shots by contemporaries such as Barry Lategan and Clive Arrowsmith amongst others. 

Fashion and Textile Museum
83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF

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