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Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter private view

Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter private view, Chelsea Space, London, Jan 24, 2011.

We knew there was going to be a bit of a turn-out because the RSVPs ran way past the 100 mark on the day the invites were dispatched, but I don’t think any of us involved in Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter expected such a huge gathering for last night’s private view.

With everyone on top form and splendidly attired, the party to launch the show was a testament to the widely-held respect and affection for Lloyd and his work.

Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter private view, Chelsea Space, London, Jan 24, 2011.

Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter private view, Chelsea Space, London, Jan 24, 2011.

//With (from left) Nobby Graham + Paul Young.//

Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter private view, Chelsea Space, London, Jan 24, 2011.

// Lining up with wife Jill (far left), former partner Peter Boutwood (fourth from left), Paul Young (third right) and Johnson's staff reunited.//

Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter private view, Chelsea Space, London, Jan 24, 2011.

//With Peter Boutwood.//


//Johnson’s mannequins/Jeff Dexter + Pippa Brooks.//

Today Lloyd discussed the exhibition with Robert Elms on London’s local BBC station 94.9. He appears about an hour in – listen again here (link may not work outside of UK/will be up for seven days after broadcast).

The show is on until March 3 – details here.

Photography: Lois Gabrin, Manca Bajec and Pippa Brooks.

MORE photos on the Chelsea Space blog.

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Author: / Published: Jan 25th, 2012 / Category: Chelsea, Curating, Exhibitions, Lloyd Johnson / Comments: 14

14 Responses to “Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter private view”

  1. Ian Harris
    on Jan 25th, 2012
    @ 5:43 pm

    Great to finally meet you Paul. Well done on a fantastic event!

  2. Paul Gorman
    on Jan 25th, 2012
    @ 9:31 pm

    Good to meet you as well Ian.

  3. Jason Atomic
    on Jan 25th, 2012
    @ 11:07 pm

    That was an splendid opening! loved the attention to detail you guys really excelled:) Really glad I went. xx

  4. Paul Gorman
    on Jan 26th, 2012
    @ 10:43 am

    Glad you enjoyed it Jason.

  5. Deborah Woolf
    on Jan 26th, 2012
    @ 12:12 am

    Brilliantly put together exhibition Paul, congratulations !
    Particularly loved the early printed pieces but all fab

  6. Paul Gorman
    on Jan 26th, 2012
    @ 10:42 am

    Thanks Deborah; those are my favourites as well.

  7. Chris
    on Jan 26th, 2012
    @ 10:51 am

    Fantastic exhibition. Really does show how influential Lloyd was and still continues to be.
    Brilliant thing (that I’d not ‘registered’ until the show) was that the style transcended so many subcultures whilst managing to keep an edge.

    I’m sure everyone who participated in the Johnson’s story whether as customer or staff, still feels that they “owned” a part of the Johnson’s secret. I can’t think of many other designers/retailers who have managed the same.


  8. johnny deluxe
    on Jan 26th, 2012
    @ 12:36 pm

    truely a fantastic opening, great exhibition , people, and the vibe on opening night was fabulous, wonderful stuff!

  9. stefano galli
    on Feb 25th, 2012
    @ 1:43 pm

    Good afternoon Paul.

    I cannot make the show, how can I buy the book?

    Thank you

    Stefano (Milano, Italy)

  10. Paul Gorman
    on Feb 25th, 2012
    @ 2:07 pm

    Hi Stefano

    I’ll pass your email along to Lloyd so you can buy one from him.

    All best


  11. stefano galli
    on Feb 25th, 2012
    @ 4:29 pm

    Thanks Paul.

    I visited I think all the London shops including one around World’s End where I got my Vincent boots, which I still keep along a pair of Biker’s ones and a pair of Jods.
    Two shirt and a LaRocka waistcoat. This is my little collection.

    By the way I am a reader of your The Look (both editions) and an Anarchy shirt makes my blog cover.



  12. Dave White
    on Jun 9th, 2012
    @ 2:41 am

    Paul, thank you so much for the effort that you put into this exhibition. I have very fond memories of Johnson’s. Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson of the Flamin’ Groovies turned me on to the store. All of the Groovies wore Johnson’s attire. I’m originally from London and was living near San Francisco (and seeing the Groovies every weekend). A friend of mine shopped for me: polka dot shirts, striped shirts, tab collar shirts, and a black velvet suit. I literally wore them until they fell apart. There’s nothing over here that compares to Johnson’s! No other store covered so many styles, and was appreciated by so many generations of music fans. Any books or literature on this fantastic store would be highly appreciated. Dave.

  13. Paul Gorman
    on Jun 9th, 2012
    @ 3:16 pm

    Gee thanks Dave, that’s very nice of you. Lloyd + Jill did the hard work btw. What I would give for one of their tab collared polka dot shirts now. All best, PG.
    PS: I saw Marc Zermati in Paris last week and we talked about the Groovies a lot.

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