As an illustration of the exceptional quality of the rubber/latex wear available in the mid seventies incarnation of the 430 Kings Rd shop – SEX (1974-76), I have dug out some old pin-up photos showing a rubber maid’s dress that was sold there at the time.
The first photos are from an album cover for the band ‘Nutz’ & these photos show an actual dress from the shop, borrowed for this shoot, photographed by rock photographer Ross Halpin & modelled by his leg model sister, Linda.
The rubber t-shirts worn by the band are from the shop too.
The dresses were available in two different versions, red & black frill, & black & red frill. Continue reading →
This weeks post is about a shoot I did in the summer of 1989.
I was still working for my mother’s company at the time (1986 – 1990) in Greenland Place, Camden & this particular afternoon she had a special brief for me…take model Suzanne Mizzi (who had modelled in her previous Civilizade, SS 1989 & Voyage to Cythera, AW 1989-90 collections) & a newly made wedding dress design down to Piccadilly Circus & take some photos, the idea being that she was a bride who had lost her way to her wedding. Continue reading →
Way back in 1986, the Worlds End shop had just opened again after being closed for nearly 18 months. It had been closed because Vivienne’s business had been going through a difficult yet transformative period in which she had finally finished all business ties with Malcolm McLaren,had been living in Italy, met future business manager Carlo D’Amario & had been working on the designs for what was going to be the Mini Crini collection. She had then gone to New York & shown the collection there. When she came back to London, the only people working for her were myself, my brother Joe, Carlo’s girlfriend Jeb & my grandmother Dora. At this time I was also taking up photography & Vivienne asked me to take some pictures of some new items she was working on. Two of them are shown here. The girl on the steps of Worlds End is a glamorous neighbour we had at the time called Mandy. She is wearing a white round collared shirt (no orb embroidered on it yet, that was still to be developed) & one of the alternative crini skirts Vivienne was designing at the time. This skirt was a lot longer than the mini crini & was made in city stripe suiting (mentioning this, Vivienne was also making these same skirts out of the denim from cut up Levi jeans, patched together). In the second photo are two friends from the time. On the left is Jane Francis, commonly known as Minnie who was going out with another friend of mine, Oleh Witer the creator of an Australian band called Big Pig (Oleh modelled in the Time Machine fashion show). Minnie later worked at Westwood for several years. The girl on the right is Rosemary Turner who did the door at Philip Salon’s nightclub, the Mud Club. Here they both are on the Kings Road having a portion of chips. Minnie wears a sample dress & Rosemary wears a mini crini outfit & star belt.
Just recently I was sent a link to an old TV interview with Madonna from 1984 where she mentions that she loves the clothes in Worlds End. She also wore a Keith Haring tube skirt from the Witches AW83/84 collection in the video for her first album Borderline. Continue reading →
In part two of the interview with Jordan, we talk about her friend Adam Ant, whom she managed at the start of his career between 77 & 78, even providing vocals on one song ‘Lou’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFCV2Mq0Z70 (Jordan got him a part in the Derek Jarman film ‘Jubilee’ during the same period). We also discuss the power of dressing up, the legacy of Punk Rock & her present involvement with the 40 years anniversary of the release of The Sex Pistols’ single ‘Anarchy in the UK’ which launched Punk Rock on the public. Continue reading →
It was wonderful to bump into Herbie at Portobello Rd market earlier this year & this time we organised to make this video for the blog (shot in June).
Herbie became virtually the (male) ‘face’ of Vivienne after his first appearance modelling in the Nostalgia of Mud/Buffalo Girls collection of 1982 & then the subsequent Punkature, Witches, Hypnos & Clint Eastwood collections. Continue reading →