Thea Porter's Exhibition Review

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'Whatever else clothes may be about, I believe they must add to the enjoyment of life. A dress is a failure unless it gives the woman added confidence. She must put it on, feel great, and then forget that she is wearing it and get on with her life.' Thea Porter

Inside The Thea Porter Exhibtion

The exhibition, the first to consider Thea's Porter's work in detail, is a wonderful journey through her life and imagination. You pass through a variety of elegant and yet bold garments that span from typical 70s dresses and kaftans, to brocade coats and velvet jackets presented on Iraqi carpets (that apparently used to decorate her stores and homes!). Each part is like a small installation that pieces together elements that belonged to her history and inspiration. The woman whose name is instantly associated with the boho-chic trend in the 70s had, undoubtedly, great style!

Born in Jerusalem in 1927, Porter grew up in Damascus, Syria's capital. Having studied in Beirut before settling for London in the 60s, she had an eye for vivid colour, sumptuous fabrics, and exotic garments all her life.

She first started with furnishings (thinking she wanted to follow a career in interior design), but soon moved to menswear and womenswear. Mostly inspired by her childhood in the Middle East, she recalled wandering down the bazaar in Syria as one of her biggest influences. It is no surprise then, that with her ottoman inspired designs, she received incredible success when she opened her shop on 8 Greek Street, becoming the image and maker of the boho-chic look, which sold to a sophisticated Bohemian, jet-set society.

Among some of the lucky ones who have had a chance to be dressed by Porter were Pink Floyd, Elizabeth Taylor and Barbra Streisand. Her impact on fashion was huge.

On two floors, this collection includes, aside from the wonderful opulent 70s dresses and other garments, letters and photos of Thea prior to her success as a designer, her paintings, recordings, videos and furniture. It's simply an opportunity you shouldn't miss and we couldn't recommend this inspiring show more!