T-Shirt: Cult - Culture - Subversion

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher greets fashion designer Katharine Hamnett, wearing a t-shirt with a nuclear missile protest message. 17th March, 1984. © Press Association.

I was lucky enough to attend the preview night of the Fashion and Textile Museum's latest exhibition, T-Shirt: Cult - Culture - Subversion. The exhibition collates for the first time some of the most recognisable and wearable designs of the last century, providing a unique insight into the historical and cultural influence of the most ubiquitous, affordable and popular garment of the last 100 years.

Sixties Style: Shot by Duffy

Photo Duffy ©Duffy Archive 

Sixties Style: Shot by Duffy - an exhibition at Proud Central celebrating the bold appearances that defined London’s vibrant ‘Swinging Sixties’. Recognised for his exemplary collaborations with David Bowie, photographer Brian Duffy’s wider practice recorded modern Britain, exploring the youth-driven cultural shift within art, music and fashion. This diverse collection of photographs, many unpublished since the 1960’s, encompasses fashion editorials, celebrity portraiture and international advertising campaigns as Duffy captured the lifestyle trends of this momentous decade.

Style Muse: Claudia Cardinale


Claudia Cardinale is an Italian actress who starred in some of the most acclaimed European films of the 1960s and 1970s. She embodied all of the wow factors of a 60s starlet: cat eyes, big hair, hourglass figure and a raspy, unforgettable voice. After making her debut in a minor role in Goha (1958), Cardinale became one of the best known actresses in Italy with roles in films such as Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Girl with a Suitcase (1961), The Leopara (1963), Cartouche (1963) and The Pink Panther (1963).

The Weekend Starts Here

I haven't been to a vintage weekender for about 18 months now so was very excited to finally get to go to the Rhythm Riot last month (I was meant to go last year but things didn't work out). For those of you who aren't familiar, the Rhythm Riot is a 1950s Rhythm & Blues and Roots Rock'n'Roll weekend at Pontins Camber Sands. The whole of Pontins is taken over for the event (so there aren't any 'other' people wandering in to look at all the strange vintage people) and it's basically just a massive party with great people, great music and great vintage shopping.