Carnaby Street gets groovy, baby!

Carnaby Street gets groovy, baby!
Philip Townsend

Carnaby Street celebrates 50 years since the start of the Swinging 60s - and a fashion revolution!

The most fashionable street in the world is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Swinging 60s heyday with an exhibition and book.

British Fashion Council and Jaeger London chairman Harold Tillman launched the exhibition last night at a champagne-fuelled party, as hundreds of London fashionistas braved the rain (and post-Fashion Week exhaustion) to check out Carnaby Street 1960-2010.

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The exhibition, featuring photographs by legendary 60s snapper Philip Townsend – like this one of Twiggy, left – is curated by London College of Fashion historians Judith Clark and Amy de la Haye

Historical artifacts from the site – where plague victims were once buried – sit on a timeline with iconic Carnaby characters like The Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols and Jimi Hendrix. Archive footage of the street in the 60s and dresses from Pop Boutique are also on display – it’s enough to make Austin Powers jealous.

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The free exhibition is followed by a live music weekend in June, a fashion show next September and further events throughout the year. See www.carnaby.co.uk for details.

By Harriet Reuter Hapgood

 
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