Visit London Blog » cilla black http://blog.visitlondon.com Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:10:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Tommy Nutter: Rebel on the Row at the Fashion & Textile Museum http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/05/tommy-nutter-rebel-on-the-row-at-the-fashion-textile-museum/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2011/05/tommy-nutter-rebel-on-the-row-at-the-fashion-textile-museum/#comments Fri, 20 May 2011 11:00:55 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=21268 The latest exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum celebrates the work of Tommy Nutter (1943-1992), Savile Row’s rebel tailor.

During the swinging 60s, the understated traditional suits of Savile Row were considered boring and the fashionable flocked to menswear boutiques on Carnaby Street for brightly coloured suits and shirts. When Nutters of Savile Row opened in 1969, the two worlds collided. Rock stars, artists and the stylish embraced Nutter’s bespoke suits because they were fashionable as well as beautifully crafted.

The exhibition includes suits, jackets, sketches and a couple of pieces of knitwear. Some of the suits are very much of their time, made from velvet or satin, with flares and flouncy trim. They are the sort of outfits worn by celebs on those old episodes of Morecombe and Wise. But the Fashion & Textile Museum understands the zeitgeist and these suits feel unexpectedly fresh and exciting.

As well as fans of fashion, tailoring and style, this exhibition is also perfect for music fans as suits have been loaned by stars like Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Cilla Black and Elton John. Nutter made astonishing jumpsuits for Elton’s 80s tours, as well as a coral flared jumpsuit for Neil Sedaka which is amusingly 70s. It says a lot about Nutter’s star-attracting style that one of The Beatles turned up at the exhibition’s private view last night. (Ringo! Very exciting.)

Admission also includes entry to a small photography exhibition of work by Justin De Villeneuve featuring Twiggy at the legendary London department store Biba.

Tommy Nutter is on at the Fashion and Textile Museum from 20 May to 22 October 2011. Adult £8, concessions £5. www.ftmlondon.org

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Cilla Black Unveils New Brian Epstein Plaque in Seven Dials http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/09/cilla-black-unveils-new-brian-epstein-plaque-in-seven-dials/ http://blog.visitlondon.com/2010/09/cilla-black-unveils-new-brian-epstein-plaque-in-seven-dials/#comments Tue, 28 Sep 2010 11:47:28 +0000 http://blog.visitlondon.com/?p=15160 Brian Epstein's new plaque Cilla shows off the new plaque Cilla smiles for the cameras with David Bieda Chairman of the Seven Dials Trust, and Jonathan Simpson, Mayor of Camden

I popped down to Seven Dials this morning to see the unveiling of a new plaque to Brian Epstein, the legendary music manager from the 1960s.

As well as managing The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers from 13 Monmouth Street from around 1963, Brian also guided Cilla Black to stardom.

And Cilla was up bright and early this morning to reveal the blue heritage plaque honouring Brian Epstein and his work.

The former Blinde Date presenter described Brian: “He was a great man, the man that I knew – a true gentleman.

“He believed in me and I certainly believed in him. If he’d said ‘you can climb Mount Everest’, I would have said ‘where’s my backpack? I’m off’. I really would, because I believed in him.”

“I wrote to Paul McCartney a couple of years ago because I think Brian should be honoured in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in America. That’s what I want,” she added.

The plaque has been installed by the Seven Dials Trust, which aims to protect and enhance the conservation area. It’s the first of a series of People’s Plaques that are going to be introduced to the area.

Check out more photos of the unveiling on flickr.

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