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Thea Porter - 70s Bohemian Chic

The Fashion and Texiles Museum of London has celebrated the importance of Thea Porter, the pioneer of the bohemian style, with the first-ever retrospective.

The suggestive set up of the location, as a black box, hosted a wide selection of Thea Porter's creations, including the seven designer’s key pieces: the Abaya, the Kaftan, the Gipsy dress, the Faye dress, the Brocade-panel dress, the Wrap-over dress, the Chazara jacket and the Sirwal skirt and a series of photos from the greatest fashion magazines, like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel and Women’s Wear Daily, documenting the incredible presence and influence Thea Porter has had over the years.

The eclectic Thea Porter, designer, interior designer and also what nowadays we would call a cool hunter, was born in 1927, in Jerusalem and grew up in Damascus due to her parents missionary activities. Growing up, she decided to spend part of her life in Beirut as a librarian and to travel across North African and Middle Eastern countries.

In the Sixties, Porter moved to London where she opened her first shop in Soho’s Greek Street. At the beginning, the business was oriented towards interior design importing antiques, cushions and fabrics from the countries she had visited. In 1964, she started to design garments inspired by Eastern and Middle Eastern textiles and prints. Her caftans, silk, velvet richly decorated evening dresses were sold all over the world  through her shops in  New York, Los Angeles and Paris dressing beautiful and famous women such as Elizabeth Taylor, Faye Dunaway and Barbara Streisand.

Porter also became a style reference for The Beatles and The Pink Floyd, who posed with her jackets for the cover of their first album, Piper at The Gates of Dawn (1967).

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Thea Porter - 70s Bohemian Chic
– 3th May 2015
Fashion and Texiles Museum of London

83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF

Opening Hours:
Tue - Sat, 11am – 6pm
Thu, until 8pm
Sundays, 11am–5pm
Last admission 45 minutes before closing
Closed Mondays

+44 020 7407 8664