Saturday, 21 March 2015

Thea Porter: Fashion

I was asked if I wanted to see the Thea Porter exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum
by two lovely bloggers, Hatty Uwanogho and Jane Martin.
What better way to get to know each other than hanging out in a museum.

Thea Porter of Irish, Russian, Jewish, French descent,
loved the exotic,




and the ephemeral.

She made clothes to enjoy with little concern for washing and dry-cleaning.
But who cares because these are 'exotic clothes made for beautiful people at beautiful prices'.

But she did also produce Ready to Wear collections.

Setting out in 1965, as an interior designer, Thea Porter was asked to make clothes by her customers. Fashion became 'another form of upholstery'. 

She made clothes for men, Pink Floyd. Check out the album cover.

The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Cat Stephens. You get the picture.

The military jacket, one of her signature shapes, she made for men and women.

Thea Porter made clothes to enjoy, 'to put on and not worry about, clothes to get on with life in'. That kind of depends on what you're getting on with. I'd never be able to even load the dishwasher in these sleeves, let alone do the washing up.

But there was a nod to some practicalities in life.
She gave women the chance to ditch the bra, with a tight bodice that gave them the lift they needed.
This was very popular.

And this outfit came with a skirt if it wasn't a shorts kind of day.

So three bloggers visit a fashion exhibition. What of our tastes?
I love this green and those butterfly wings, "I could wear that. I want that dress".
I can't have it, it's on loan from the V&A.

But Hatty would wear these, she "doesn't wear tight trousers".

Would we wear all this colour?
Well Jane does.

 Whether fashion is your thing, or not,
you can still admire the work of this dynamic creative woman who began her career as a designer, in London in 1965, aged 38 and had her first fashion show age 41.
 I'm going to take that away with me. A career in fashion, in anything, taking off in her forties!

This may be where it all began.
With that dress.
You know, the outfit you loved as a child that you will never forget.

Mine was a burgundy suedette grandad collared, pin-skirted dress that my granny made for me one Christmas. I felt so grown up in it, alongside my other cool present. My Christmas single, Jona Lewie, Stop the Cavalry.

Thea Porter is on at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London
until 3rd May 2015, details on their website, here.
Can I recommend their free exhibition highlights tour, every Wednesday and Friday at 1pm.
We had a great tour of the exhibition. Thankyou FTM.

If you want to know what my fellow bloggers get up to,
click on their names for links to their blogs.


  1. Must get to see this. I love every exhibition they put on at this fabulous museum. Thanks for reminding me!

    1. It is a fab museum. The tour was amazing. It genuinely seemed such a welcoming place. I went with a little trepidation as I thought I might feel old & frumpy in this fashion world. But felt inspired instead, especially seeing what age Thea Porter was when she got her career going.

  2. Oh Katharine, I am so proud to appear in your lovely blog by name and with those trousers I loved! Really enjoyed our day and especially our tour. Looking forward to the next one. Hmm where next?

  3. I love these sort of exhibitions and it sounds like you had a great day out. Have you seen the collection of Dame Ellen Terry's clothes and costumes at Smallhythe Place? They do great talks there and have the gorgeous, and incredibly impractical, 'beetle dress' on display.

  4. What beautiful clothes ! I did not know Thea Porter, I'm glad that you made us know her .
    Thank you for your visit .
    Yes , I've heard from those books benches ,and have seen pictures . I like the idea very much, as I love both books and benches !

  5. I haven't heard of Thea Porter, but the clothes are divine. I would love this exhibition so much, especially the butterfly print dresses. Gorgeous!

  6. I love her style and the dresses are all very beautiful ! Must have been a great exhibition !

  7. Utterly brilliant...I'm going to go!!

  8. I'm not sure I could visit this exhibition - I'd feel much too under-dressed in my usual jeans and jumper combo!

  9. There are some beautiful clothes in your photos, I would enjoy going round this exhibition.. so thanks for sharing.
    Amanda xx

  10. Very interesting post, beautiful clothes, I adore the beaded blouse in picture number 7

  11. I remember when I was young I had the Ladybird book that I think was called 'Clothes and Costumes' and I loved it.
    I would love to see this exhibition as I love clothes in general and some of these are particularly beautiful.
    Talking of impractical clothes I once had an afghan coat that had long fluffy fur on the cuffs. I was once eating a cream egg wearing it and the wind got up. The egg and the coat both suffered....... x


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