Foale & Tuffin. The Sixties. A Decade of Fashion

Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin were two bolshy girls who just did it. After meeting at Walthamstow Art School in 1955 and then studying together at the Royal College of Art, they embarked on a trailblazing career in fashion lasting throughout the 1960s, until their partnership came to an end in 1972.

Quirky, youthful creativity, acute sensitivity to the latest moods and trends, expert craftsmanship, and a little Swinging Sixties good fortune placed them at the hub of the cultural explosion in London that defined the era. Their boutique off Carnaby Street was at the epicentre of the new fashion scene. Suddenly, David Bailey was photographing their outfits for Vogue, Cathy MacGowan was wearing them on Ready, Steady, Go!, and they were jetting around America as part of the ground-breaking Youthquake tour.

Through detailed interviews with Foale and Tuffin themselves, exclusive access to their personal archives, and contributions from an extraordinary array of figures from the fashion, art and cultural scenes of the 1960s, 70s and beyond, Iain R. Webb builds a fascinating picture of the time, throwing new light on how fashion and business underwent a period of unprecedented change. It was a period of cross-pollination in art, music and fashion, of entrepreneurial and cultural innovation. Contributors include Manolo Blahnik, Sir Terence Conran, Felicity Green, Barbara Hulanicki, Caterine Milinaire, Janet Street Porter, Mary Quant and Jean Shrimpton.

The narrative of the "Foale and Tuffin" story perfectly traces the decade from its groovy, optimistic beginnings, when the two embryonic fashion designers blithely set up shop in 1961, to its crash-and-burn finale, as Sixties sanguinity melted away into a hangover of Seventies cynicism, masked as it was with the distraction of fancy-dress escapism.

220 pages
Publisher: ACC Editions (31 Oct 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1851496068
ISBN-13: 978-1851496068
Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 21.7 x 2 cm

   Marion Foale Knitting Collection 1

Make yourself a wardrobe of knitted garments with this large (about A3 to cite a UK size) format book. There are patterns for jackets, cardigans, hats and jumpers - twelve in all - plus a short introduction about this designer. Each pattern has a fashion illustration plus at least one large photograph of the item being worn from more than one angle, so there can be no doubt what it looks like when made up.

The patterns are also shown on a two-page illustrated index, together with a starred rating as to difficulty ranging from one to five stars. The instructions are the written type with no charts, and although you can find hints on making up and a list of abbreviations this is not a book that teaches you how to knit. This is suitable for intermediate through to advanced knitters (although there are a couple of easier patterns) and all the patterns are for adult women.

Alicia Cardigan * Arran Casual Classic Jumper * Cloche Hat * Diamond Jacket * Crystal Hat * Isobel Tailored Fit and Flare Jacket * Mimi Boxy Shape Jacket * Gertrude Hat * Polka Swing Shape Jacket * Rosa Sweater * Suki Tailored Jacket * Lucy Scarf, Stole and Wrap

Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Unicorn Books & Crafts (25 Mar 2011)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1893063240
ISBN-13: 978-1893063242
Product Dimensions: 36.8 x 26.6 x 1 cm

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