London’s Fashion and Textile Museum presents Thea Porter: 70s Bohemian Chic.
This is the first-ever exhibition to look at the work of interior/fashion designer Thea Porter (1927-2000) and her enduring influence in the 21st century.
The exhibition asks how Middle Eastern and North African textiles and culture have influenced fashion design in the 20th century through some of Porter’s most popular signature styles including the Abaya & Kaftan; the Gipsy dress; the Faye dress; the Brocade-panel dress; the Wrap-over dress; the Chazara jacket; and the Sirwal skirt.
We learn about her time spent in Jerusalem and Damascus, her shop in Soho in the 1960s, and her influence on Paris, New York and Los Angeles during the 1970s. The exhibition features 150 items including textiles, garments, artwork and fashion photography from some of the best-known publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily.