FASHIONING ROCKS

LIFE THROUGH THE LENSES OF ONE PARTICULAR MASON

Holiday On Ice?

Winter-in-St-Moritz

As a prelude to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, I volunteered (in a moment of madness) to travel to St. Moritz, high up in the mountains of Switzerland, to partake in a couple of winter sporting challenges. The first being the notoriously dangerous Cresta Run, followed by the inaugural British Mono-Bob Championships. Having a particularly high centre of gravity, I normally try to avoid slippery surfaces. Holidays in the sun, […]

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34 Montagu Square

English Heritage blue plaque at no.34 Montagu Square

The battle to find suitable premises from which to work and play in central London has ended with the acquisition of the lease for no.34 Montagu Square, London W1. It is an address of important historical significance, indicated by the blue plaque on the exterior wall of the building which demonstrates that ‘John Lennon (1940-1980) Musician and Songwriter lived here in 1968′. Montagu Square is a classic example of Regency […]

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Made in England

The hugely successful exhibition, “Designing 007 – 50 Years of Bond Style”, has now finished it’s term at the Barbican Arts Centre in London and has embarked upon a three year world tour. The organisers of the exhibition had commissioned Anthony Sinclair Ltd to recreate some of the iconic suits originally made by Sinclair for Sean Connery in the early Bond films, and the process of remaking the original outfits […]

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Northern Soul: The Story

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Northern Soul is a music and dance movement that emerged in the 1960s and reached the peak of its popularity in the mid to late 1970s. The expression was first used publicly by journalist Dave Godin in an article for Blues & Soul magazine in 1971. Godin ran a record shop in London’s Covent Garden and apparently coined the phrase in 1968 to help his staff to differentiate between the […]

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Shaken and Stirred

The Cocktail Cuff perfectly accompanies a Vodka Martini

A recent article published in New Scientist suggests that the perfect martini should be “stirred, not shaken” with a thin piece of wood rather than a metal cocktail spoon. In an emergency, a pencil would do the job! This startling revelation stems from the fact that wood is a poor conductor of heat, as apposed to metal objects, the use of which could dangerously raise the temperature of the tipple […]

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STUDIO 54: the most famous nightclub in history

Halston, Bianca, Andy and Liza illustrate the glamour of Studio 54

During the 1970’s, Tommy Nutter, the founder of Nutters of Savile Row, dressed everyone, from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to Elton John and Eric Clapton, from Jacko (before the Wacko) to the high priestess of Motown, Diana Ross. Nutter and his clientele defined “bon vivant” and their destination of choice at the time was the hedonistic New York discotheque, Studio 54. The establishment, located at 254 West 54th […]

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Recreating a Masterpiece (Part 007) The Show

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The journey that followed twelve weeks of tailoring, several months of planning, fifty years of business development and two centuries of Savile Row history, drew to a close with the opening of the largest exhibition ever to have been staged by the Barbican Arts Centre in London. The response so far has been satisfying: “Sean Connery, looking devilishly dapper in his period Anthony Sinclair suit leaning on the DB5 at […]

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Recreating a Masterpiece (Part 006) The Make

The final stages of the process begin

Precis of previous blogs: To help celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the Bond films, the Barbican in London is hosting an exhibition entitled, “Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style”. However, most of the clothes made for the first actor, Sean Connery, have long disappeared, and so EON, the film’s producers, approached Anthony Sinclair to request faithful reproductions of some of the pieces originally made by the company. These include […]

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Recreating a Masterpiece (Part 005) The Cut

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Precis of previous blogs: To help celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the Bond films, the Barbican in London is hosting an exhibition entitled, “Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style”. However, most of the clothes made for the first actor, Sean Connery, have long disappeared, and so EON, the film’s producers, have approached Anthony Sinclair to request faithful reproductions of some of the pieces originally made by the company. These […]

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