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The Word’s out on The Modern Outfitter

Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter in The Word magazine (290)Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter in The Word magazine (290)

The new issue of The Word magazine includes a photo-spread on the exhibition Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter.

There are some photographic gems, among them John Lydon in a lairy Johnson’s plaid suit in 1980* and the cover of Wreckless Eric’s album The Wonderful World Of…, which has a whole bunch of people in suits from Lloyd’s shop (including Danny Baker drafted in to stand behind the drum-kit). I’ll leave it to Kosmo Vinyl to account for the journey made by the suits from World’s End to the photo-session and back again…

Wonderful World Of Wreckless Eric - front cover

The Wonderful World Of Wreckless Eric, Stiff Records, 1978.

Cover detail: Wreckless Eric, Danny Baker et al in Johnson's suits

Wreckless Eric (centre) with, among others, Danny Baker (third right).

Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter in The Word magazine

Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter in The Word magazine

And, in this month’s issue of local paper Kensington & Chelsea Today, Don Grant names the show’s venue Chelsea Space¬† as “the coolest place on the planet” on the night of the private view.

The Modern Outfitter in Kensington & Chelsea Today February 2012

Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter is on until March 3. Chelsea Space is open Tuesday – Saturday.

More details here.

Visit The Word here and Kensington & Chelsea Today here.

  • In fact the suit, tie and the sheepskin worn by Lydon in this photograph were designed and supplied by PiL’s regular clothing source Kenny MacDonald, who operated the boutique Marx in the King’s Road.

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Author: / Published: Feb 4th, 2012 / Category: Art Schools + Colleges, Chelsea, Curating, Design, Exhibitions, Lloyd Johnson, Magazines / Comments: 3

3 Responses to “The Word’s out on The Modern Outfitter”


  1. The Word Was Out
    on Feb 4th, 2012
    @ 11:23 pm

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  2. Brian
    on Feb 8th, 2012
    @ 11:36 pm

    yeah, I see the Joe Strummer and Siouxsie connection, but isn’t that the shirt Billy Idol is wearing too? popular item!


  3. SXSW installations: The look of music « Paul Gorman is…
    on Mar 16th, 2012
    @ 9:49 pm

    […] collaborated with and personal friends pop up all over the place, from Jeff Dexter, Mark Powell and Lloyd Johnson to Judy Nylon,¬† Nick Lowe, Tommy Roberts, Boy George and the sorely missed Malcolm […]

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