As the bright lights and theatrical sets of London Fashion Week have packed up and left our fair city for fabulous Milan, we’ve been getting the scoop from the top shows just for you from Willie Walters, Fashion BA Course Director for Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts and Design. The Museum of London is lucky enough to have a fabulous 1978 dress designed by Willie and her sister Mel, better known as Swanky Modes, in our fashion collection. Founded in 1972, Swanky Modes made aggressively glamorous and fetishistic outfits from synthetic materials. The clothes were originally sold by mail order but eventually from a shop in Camden which became a meeting place for punks. Read the full post
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The story of London Tweed
So this is how the story goes. In 1826 a London merchant decides to buy some cloth from a weaver in Hawick, a town in the Scottish borders famous for its cloth production. Very happy with his order, he decides to get some more but – crucially – misreads the weaver’s dashed handwriting. Instead of ‘twill’ this Londoner reads ‘tweed’, and assumes this new cloth must take after the River Tweed which runs fast and clear through the textile areas of lower Scotland. ‘Tweed’ and not ’twill’ has been the term used ever since.
Infographic: The Great Fire of London
Nearly 350 years ago the City of London faced one of its most famous disasters. To mark this occasion we’ve put together a handy infographic with some of the topline facts and figures – discover even more at the Museum of London’s free ‘War, Plague and Fire’ gallery!
Rhinestones and Nylon Net
Ever since watching The King and I (1956 version) at a very impressionable age, I have been rather fond of dancing (and crinolines – but that’s another story). My grandmothers and I spent many happy hours marvelling at the clothes, hairstyles and make-up of the participants in the World Championships broadcast on television.