Bowie dress designed by Mr Fish © Trinity Mirror, Mirrorpix, Alamy Stock Photo

The Museum of London Docklands begins search for lost London rockstar outfits

Image: Bowie dress designed by Mr Fish © Trinity Mirror, Mirrorpix, Alamy Stock Photo

The museum has asked for the public’s help to find designer pieces worn by The Beatles, David Bowie, and Mick Jagger

The Museum of London Docklands is searching for high profile designer outfits worn by rock stars and celebrities as it reveals its new exhibition plans.

‘Fashion City: How Jewish Londoners Shaped Global Style’ will be a major exhibition focussed on the contribution of Jewish designers in London’s fashion history. It will be the first major exhibition in two decades centred on the museum’s Dress & Textile collection.

The exhibition tells the story of Jewish designers, makers and retailers responsible for some of the most recognisable outfits of the 20th century, allowing visitors to step into the world of a 1960s Carnaby Street shopping boutique and a traditional tailoring workshop from the East End.

The museum has made a public callout for items of clothing to add to its exhibition ahead of its October opening. Items sought include menswear pieces made by Mr Fish and worn by famous names such as Sean Connery, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Muhammad Ali and Michael Caine.

Mr Fish, who designed David Bowie’s dress worn on the album cover of The Man Who Sold the World and Sean Connery’s 007 shirts, was well known as a leading figure of the Peacock Revolution.

Also sought are menswear pieces made by Cecil Gee and worn by famous names such The Beatles, 1930s or 1940s womenswear pieces made by Rahvis and worn by Hollywood film stars, hats made by Otto Lucas and worn by the likes of Greta Garbo and Wallis Simpson,
and theatre costumes made by Neymar for Cecil Landau’s production of Sauce Tartare.

The museum has asked anyone with information about the location of these items to email [email protected].

Fashion Curator Dr. Lucie Whitmore said of the upcoming exhibition: “Jewish people were working at all levels of the fashion industry in London throughout the twentieth century but the extent of their contribution has been widely unrecognised.

“Jewish makers established the ready to wear industry, worked their way into the highest levels of London fashion and dominated Carnaby Street in the swinging sixties. Many of these designers were internationally famous – favoured by the rich and famous and highly respected for their creativity, skill, and originality. It’s a contribution that deserves to be recognised.”

“This exhibition is a real celebration of the excellence of London fashion, highlighting the fantastic contribution of London’s immigrant communities,” says Dr. Whitmore. “To tell the all-encompassing story, we want to locate other pieces by these designers and would love anyone who knows their whereabouts to get in touch and help us showcase their work and legacy.”