Fabulous news – ICA Off Site at Old Selfridges Hotel was due to close on 20 October but it's been very well attended so has been extended for another couple of weeks.
Here's another little taste of what's in store, some of my favourite vitrines:
House of Beauty & Culture is well represented with three vitrines, curated by Judy Blame, Alan Macdonald and Dave Baby.
Back in the mid-80s, when it first opened, I had a great deal of fun working as the Saturday girl at House of Beauty & Culture, a shop space filled with glorious things in Stamford Street, Dalston, which back then was most certainly not the hip and happening area it has become today. Brave fashion students and shoppers would make the daring trip 'out East' on Saturday, the only day of the week when the shop was open without appointment. Shoe designer John Moore lived above and there were several very funny Saturday mornings where I found myself standing on the street outside throwing stones up at John's window to rouse him when he'd overslept. The glorious things we sold included beautiful clothes by Christopher Nemeth and Richard Torry, Judy Blame jewellery and accessories, Fric and Frack furniture and lamps and Dave Baby artwork. The floor was covered with coins, some of them very loose. I fashioned a filter of sorts for the vacuum cleaner with an old pair of tights in order to clean the floor without sucking up the loose coins. I think I might have been the only person who ever did any cleaning but I couldn't allow the public to come into a dirty shop! I remember lots of fabulous and fun times at House of Beauty & Culture. I was amongst my friends and we had a hoot.
This is another of my favourite vitrines in the exhibition. Curated by Iain R Webb and entitled 'Stylists Own (POA-Price On Application)', those of you lucky enough to have procured a copy of Iain's fabulous BLITZ Magazine book will recognise these images.
Not a terribly good picture I'm afraid, of the BodyMap vitrine curated by David Holah and Stevie Stewart. Those who have been reading this blog for a while will know that I was a big fan of BodyMap back in the day and had several very nice pieces which I sold at auction last year. I love this vitrine with its doll and boardgame and so many familiar motifs.
Now closing on 3 November, you have a little more time to catch this exciting exhibition.
Old Selfridges Hotel, Orchard Street, London W1H 6HQ
12 – 6pm FREE