Thea Porter: Bohemian Chic 1969 1979 : Bohemian Chic 1969-1979

Bohemian Chic 1969-1979

Venetia Porter and Laura MacLaws Helms

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Thea's are the only clothes I never throw away. ' Joan Collins Thea Porter (1927 - 2000) came to epitomize bohemian chic in 1970s London, developing a unique aesthetic that drew on an eclectic mix of luxurious fabrics, signature dresses and Soho laissez-faire. Born in Jerusalem, she began working as an interior designer before setting up shop on London's Greek Street. Over the course of several years, she established her combination of fashion and interior design, cultivating clients such as Pink Floyd and The Beatles, alongside Faye Dunaway, Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Streisand - as well as working for royal patrons including Princess Margaret and the empress of Iran, Farah Diba. Porter was promoted in New York by Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland and her clothes were sold in Giorgio Beverly Hills, while at the same time she was a frequent visitor to the Colony Room, London, the drinking club habituated by Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon and George Melly. Published to accompany the exhibition, Thea Porter: Bohemian Chic at the Fashion & Textile Museum, London, from 6 February to 3 May 2015.

Laura McLaws Helms is a fashion historian, based in New York. She is curator of Thea Porter at the Fashion & Textile Museum, London. Venetia Porter is Assistant Keeper of Islamic and Contemporary Middle East Art at the British Museum. She is Thea Porter's daughter.

Publisher
V&A
ISBN
9781851778263
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
160
Weight (kg)
1.5
Height (in)
8.74
Width (in)
10.87
Subject
Fashion & Jewelry
Published Date
02 / 02 / 2015

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