❉ New pop art collection inspired by the King of Carnaby Street, John Stephen!
Art & Hue has taken a stroll down Carnaby Street, swinging shopping bags like Georgy Girl, to create a new pop art collection of stylish prints inspired by the revolutionary who transformed the fashion industry in the 1960s.
60 years ago, John Stephen opened up the first ever fashion boutique on Carnaby Street in 1957 and within 10 years, he had 15 boutiques on Carnaby, as well as more right across London, in Brighton, Europe, America, and his home town of Glasgow.
Transforming what was a run-down backstreet into a globally-famous fashion destination, he introduced young shop assistants the same age as the customers, loud contemporary music, and ever-changing window displays with a fast turnover of new designs.
John Stephen became known as “The Million Pound Mod” and “The King of Carnaby Street” for making Carnaby globally-famous with the street attracting visitors from across the country and the world.
Shops included The Mod Male, His Clothes, Trecamp, Male W.1., Domino Male, Drugstore, The Village Store, Teenstore, as well as stores with his own name on them such as The John Stephen Trouser Bar, Girls Shop, and Mans Shop. He also established a factory in Glasgow to keep up with the demand for his clothing in his own boutiques and across the world.
Musicians posed in John Stephen’s clothing for his press shots, including guitarist Jeff Beck of The Yardbirds, singer Bobby Shafto, and Mick Avory, the drummer from The Kinks who sang about the “Carnabetian Army” in their song “Dedicated Follower of Fashion”.
He also photographed “faces-about-town” in his clothing, including Robin Steadman, a hairstylist from the House of Leonard (the Mayfair salon famous for creating Twiggy’s Mod hairstyle), and Peter Hinwood, an art student who later went on to star as the muscled Rocky in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in 1975.
Art & Hue had the pleasure of researching the John Stephen archive to create 12 new stylish pop art prints inspired by The King of Carnaby Street. Available in three sizes and 23 colour options, all Art & Hue prints are printed on museum-quality archival card of 310gsm, made from 100% cotton, using pigment inks which last lifetimes.
An official collaboration with the estate of John Stephen, this collection of stylish pop art prints, exclusively by Art & Hue, features Art & Hue’s signature halftone style (halftone is an age-old technique that uses dots to make up the printed image, similar to newspapers or comic books).
❉ Visit http://artandhue.com/carnaby to see the full range.
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