Foale and Tuffin

Before Biba there was Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin, two girls who met at Walthamstow Art College and went on to have a trailblazing career throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s. Like so many others in the '60s they just happened to be in the right place at the right time and they subsequently found themselves in the middle of the cultural explosion that was taking place in London that later went on to define the decade.

Foale and Tuffin set up shop in 1961 and soon became known for their chic and colourful designs. The key to their success was that they designed clothes that they themselves wanted to wear, "basically we were designing stuff to wear ourselves, really, and we knew that that's what all young people wanted to be wearing. Why would they want to wear this boring old fifties fuddy-duddy look, or even couture come to that? We were into dancing and running around." - Marion Foale.

As well as bright, colourful dresses Foale and Tuffin were also well known for their love of trouser suits. Betsey Johnson declared them "the best pantsuit designers I ever knew of" and their designs even influenced Yves Saint Laurent (although they never got the credit).

The Foale and Tuffin partnership came to an end in 1972,  Marion Foale now designs knitwear and Sally Tuffin is a ceramicist.

Foale and Tuffin: The Sixties. A Decade In Fashion is a great book to read if you are interested in finding out more about their cutting edge designs. 



  1. Such amazing pieces! Love the 60s mod style! Your blog is rad!

  2. I love that book, it's so great to hear from lots of their associates about their talent and skill. I love their colourful contributions to fashion, I'd love to see them make something together just for old times sake

  3. Yes, I can totally see you in all those creations and looking amazing. x

  4. it's amazing. I wish I could have it


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