Friday, May 20, 2011
Some of Elton's Classic Outfits On Public View
An exhibition exploring Tommy Nutter and the marketing of Savile Row opens in London on May 20. Housed at The Fashion & Textiles Museum, the exhibition will run until October 22, 2011.
Elton frequently wore Tommy Nutter suits, both on and offstage, notably the black and white 'Night And Day' range for the Wembley Concert in 1984.
Tommy Nutter was a British tailor who was renowned for reinventing the Savile Row suit in the Sixties. Alongside bespoke tailor Edward Sexton, they opened their shop 'Nutters' on Valentines Day, 1969. The opening party was memorable for the guest list, which included Lord Montagu, the Duke of Bedford, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Twiggy, Justin de Villeneuve, Paul McCartney and global tycoons Kerry Packer and Rupert Murdoch.
When Nutters opened in Savile Row, the staid and traditional world of bespoke tailoring entered a new era. Tommy Nutter, with master cutter Edward Sexton, combined up-to-the minute styling with classic techniques to create the brand that set the Row swinging.
The Fashion and Textile Museum is at 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF, and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 6pm. Last admission is 5.15pm.