Last Saturday I spent the day hanging out with Beyond Retro and a group of other lovely bloggers as part of their bohemian bloggers day out.
The day started off with brunch at The Breakfast Club in Hoxton, a place I'd heard of but had never been to before. I ordered the pancakes with berries and a cup of tea which was so yummy and really filling. I never make pancakes at home and I don't know why, I must remedy this!
|Leigh of Fox and Feather, Eliza of Let's Dust, Sara of Waiste, Naomi of Two Shoes One Pair and Charlotte of The Good Owl|
After a quick pose for photos we headed over to the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey to go and see the amazing Thea Porter exhibition which is now in its final week.
Thea Porter (born Dorothea Naomi Noelle Sigel in Jerusalem in 1927) created clothes for the bohemian jet-set in the late 1960s and 1970s, dressing stars such as Pink Floyd, Elizabeth Taylor and Jimi Hendrix (who visited her Soho shop a few day prior to his death to purchase a peacock print chiffon shirt). By all accounts Thea was a bit of a party girl, throwing raucous dinner parties in her Mayfair maisonette where the red wine was free flowing and the late nights turned into early mornings.
Thea thrived in London and was part of a renaissance in British fashion that took inspiration from history, fantasy and other cultures. She shared the Clothing Institute's Designer of the Year award in 1972 with Zandra Rhodes and the following year her work was included in Designs on Fashion, a group showing by ten of the top British Designers, organised by the British Overseas Trade Council. She sadly passed away in 2000 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1994.
I had a great day and really enjoyed finding out more about Thea Porter. The clothes on display were beautiful - I wanted to take them all home with me! Big thank you to Beyond Retro for inviting me.