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Twist Baby Twist at the Fashion and Textile Museum

A celebration of the swinging sixties

Written by Coco Watts

7 Foale and Tuffin exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum CREDIT photographer Kirstin SinclairImages throughout courtesy of both Fashion and Textile museum and Felicitie’s Designer showroom

A couple of weeks ago, information pills I was lucky enough to attend the Twist Baby Twist event at the Fashion and Textile Museum which included entry into Foale and Tuffin exhibition (previously reviewed here). The idea was to recapture the swinging sixties as Foale and Tuffin remembered it and to celebrate their success as fashion designers.

1 Sally Tuffin and Marion Foale - Foale and Tuffin exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum CREDIT photographer Kirstin SinclairSally Tuffin and Marion Foale

Celebrating how the sixties formed the world of music, approved fashion and art as we knew it, the exhibition was brimming with live music, film, fashion shows, dressing up boxes, a David Bailey inspired photo booth and 1960s make over’s.

Greeted with sounds of the swinging sixties, including Baby Love by The Supremes and She Loves You by The Beatles heightened the Foale and Tuffin experience, taking the guests onto a trip down memory lane.

With daisy chains gracefully decorating every head as the guests listened to the live music from Bebe & Paulo, Remi Nicole and Theoretical Girl and The Equations, this event was everything that it promised to be; lively, entertaining and realistic.

The Original Foale and Tuffin Team - Foale and Tuffin exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum CREDIT photographer Kirstin SinclairThe Original Foale and Tuffin Team

Professional make-up and hair stylists transformed twenty-first century boys and girls into stylish sixties icons. A rail of beautiful vintage clothes and accessories from the sixties were on offer for the guests to dress up in and reminisce about a more radical time.

A David Bailey photo booth was on offer for anyone who wanted to capture the moment with friends. Dancing and smiling in front of the camera, dressed up in their sixties outfits, the guests got to experience what it would have been like to be captured by the famous photographer.

6 Foale and Tuffin exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum CREDIT photographer Kirstin Sinclair

Key pieces by Foale and Tuffin were put on display including a napoleon raincoat, the corduroy brown trouser suit, which famously changed the way women dressed (even before Yves Saint Laurent), the domino dress and the black mini dress with fringe detail.

There was a vibrant catwalk courtesy of Pop Boutique whose models were dressed in clothes from the shop that perfectly represented the sixties era to a tee. Full of enthusiasm and lively music blasting out, the models proudly swept down the catwalk proving that it is still possible to wear sixties clothes and look on trend.

With sixties label such as Biba, Mary Quant and Ossie Clark re-launching themselves, Tuffin has not ruled out the possibility of Foale and Tuffin making a come back. Described as quirky, youthful and sensitive to the latest atmosphere and styles it was good luck and dedication that found them at the centre of the cultural explosion in London that defined the swinging sixties.

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