For its exhibition on Savile Row maverick Tommy Nutter: Rebel On The Row, the Fashion & Textile Museum has enlisted Timothy as Guest Curator.
Timothy trained with Tommy in the late 80s, and among the many things he gleaned from his mentor are an idiosyncratic eye and a spirit of adventure allied to a respect for tradition.
“People say that Tommy was the bee in the bonnet of Savile Row, and his designs were avant-garde in comparison to the more venerable houses, but just as impeccably crafted and finished,” he says. “People fell in love with Tommy's clothes, and that's what I strive for in my own business – to guide people through the joys and possibilities of bespoke, and bend the rules a little where necessary.”
For Tommy Nutter: Rebel On The Row, he has helped assemble the exhibits, and been instrumental in helping to recreate the ambiance of the Nutter atelier:
“The clothes will look amazing, of course,” he says, “but my memory of working with Tommy is that every day was a massive learning curve, usually accompanied by copious glasses of red wine and pearls of laughter. I know that Tommy continues to inspire people to this day, and if visitors to the show pick up on that inspiration, then we'll have done our job, and honoured Tommy's legacy.”
Timothy gave a speech at the exhibition private view in May, along with curator Dennis Northdruft and special-guest Cilla Black, who was a great friend of Tommy's and helped to start his business.
We are selling commemorative t-shirts and candles in collaboration with the museum.
The t-shirt has a charcoal print of one of Tommy's illustrations. In sizes small, medium and large, available from our Elder Street atelier, or our Bruton Place shop. £18.
100% organic with 8% essential Patchouli oil (the scent that Tommy always had spritzed around his shop), these candles are handmade with only natural ingredients from a sustainable source, and have a burn time of approximately 40 hours. £15.
Please email Lee or call 020 7377 5770 for more information.