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May 20, 2016
Magic Kingdom: Malcolm McLaren “Fashion Every Time”
Man About Town S/S 16 issue

I worked with the editorial team at Man About Town, leading fashion photographer Alasdair McLellan and prominent stylist Olivier Rizzo on this exciting and extensive 52-page cover feature tracing Malcolm McLaren’s lifelong forays into fashion design, drawing on the extensive archive of rare and one-off pieces, some owned and worn by to the late cultural iconoclast, others from my own archive. I have also provided a 5,000 word essay on McLaren’s significance in the realms of contemporary art, design and fashion.

July 2016

I was commissioned two articles on aspects of art, design, fashion and music for this new US youth culture magazine, details of which are currently under wraps.

July 1 2016
Derek Boshier: Rebel Rebel
Catalogue essay
This Is Today, Gazelli Art House

My essay on Derek Boshier’s engagement with David Bowie and The Clash – which accompanied the 2012 exhibition of the British artist’s work in this sphere at Pallant House Gallery – is reproduced in the catalogue for This Is Today, the exhibition held at London’s Gazelli Art House gallery in spring 2016.

Summer 2017
Legacy: The story of The Face
Thames & Hudson

This ambitious project is about one of the most important and influential publications of recent times.

Legacy: The story of The Face has the support and involvement of Nick Logan; I’m covering the story of the magazine from Logan’s launch with £3,500 savings in 1980 to the sale to Emap (now Bauer) in 1999. During this period The Face became the taste-making focus for excellence across many disciplines, spawning dozens of glossy “lifestyle” imitators around the world and paving the way for the digital delivery of visual culture in the 21st century.

Autumn 2017
Malcolm McLaren: The Biography
Constable & Robinson

My book will chart McLaren’s upbringing and experiences as an art school student in London, his opening with Vivienne Westwood of the series of important fashion boutiques in the 1970s and 1980s, the excursions into music, film, television and advertising and his emergence as a visual artist in the 21st century.

Constable publishing director Andreas Campomar says: “This will be the authorised life of the late cultural iconoclast and visionary who overturned the worlds of art, design, fashion, film, media, music, politics and television in his ceaseless search for expression as a visual artist.”

Read more here.


May 20, 2016
The legacy of Malcolm McLaren: The Clothes
Panel discussion
ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

I took part in this panel discussion on the fashion legacy of the late cultural iconoclast Malcolm McLaren.

Chaired by Young Kim of the Malcolm McLaren Estate, the other participants are Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director and McLaren/Westwood’s design assistant Simon Withers and Ben Reardon, editor of Man About Town.

The panel was followed by the riotous launch of Man About Town S/S 16 in the ICA Bar in partnership with specialist dealer Idea Books.

April 14 – 29, 2016
111 Interiors
Windows Gallery 1, Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, N1C 4AA

As a speaker at Prof Ben Kelly’s ICA symposium Dead Or Alive – Interior Design, I was invited to contribute an image of an important interior to his exhibition at Central Saint Martins, and chose a 1972 David Parkinson photograph of a section of Patrick Casey and Malcolm McLaren’s redesign of the ground floor of 430 King’s Road as Let It Rock.

Find details of 111 Interiors here.

February 23 – April 16, 2016
The Conformist
Belmacz 45 Davies Street London W1K 4LX

Organised by artist Paul Kindersley, the exhibition drew its title from Bernardo Bertolucci’s cult 1970 film — a study in the conformist psychology of fascism — and brought together “artists, designers, writers, performers, utopians, outsiders, posers, perverts and other figures who have affronted or inverted the idea of ‘conformity’. By turns contemporary and arcane, gilded and abject, the exhibition celebrates those aspects of creativity that have skirted on the perimeter of the ‘mainstream’”.
I contributed exhibits, including works by the late cultural iconoclast Malcolm McLaren and photographer David Parkinson.

April 1 2016
Future Cities V Conference
University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS

I delivered the keynote talk at this, Greenwich University’s fifth annual conference on urban and architectural issues.

March 23 2016
Bowie x Fashion
David Bowie: Oooh Fashion!

I have contributed the essay on the late David Bowie’s relationship with fashion designers in the 70s to this online project which also features a film by SHOWStudion’s Nick Knight of the 2003 shoot of Kate Moss in Bowie’s stage costumes for British Vogue

March 23 2016
The Conformist panel discussion
Talk host
Artreview Bar 1 Honduras Street London EC1

I am a contributor to this panel discussion about non-conformity in all its forms with The Conformist curator Paul Kindersley, musician Jah Wobble and journalist Lou Stoppard. This is an invite-only event.

March 12 2016
A Pop Culture Treasure Trove: Freddie Hornik’s Granny Takes A Trip scrapbook
GQ Style S/S 16

This extensive feature focuses on the scrapbook maintained by the late Freddie Hornik between his stewardship of the Granny Takes A Trip stores in London, New York and LA in the early 70s to his death in 2009.

March 16 2016
Fashion x Music
University of Westminster School Of Media, Arts & Design, Harrow Campus, Watford Road, Harrow, Middx

At the invitation of course leader Petsa Kaffens I gave a fully illustrated talk to UAL fashion journalism about the intersection of popular music and fashion and street style from the post-war period to the present day.

February 23, 2016
Nicer Tuesdays
It’s Nice That

Punk, printing, photography and type were the themes of this months event from design site It’s Nice That. I discussed the Punk London map; other speakers included photographer June Calypso, graphic designer/writer Sarah Hyndman and graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge. Read more here.

February 15, 2016
Listed Londoner
Robert Elms, BBC London Live 94.9FM

I waschosen for this spot on the long-running popular BBC local radio station to talking about my London, the best bits and the most exciting places which figure in my personal history. Hear here.

February 12, 2016
Punk London: In The City 1975-78
Published by Herb Lester Associates

This map is a collaboration with Herb Lester Associates – publishers of The Look Of London – detailing the important, surprising and little-known addresses relating to the 70s punk explosion in the UK capital, from seedy squats and derelict warehouses to music industry hqs, boutiques, record shops and market stalls.

Copies are £6 each from here.

November 23, 2015
Malcolm McLaren: A New Type Of Artist
Central Saint Martins
London N1

This lecture to CSM  fine art students explored the importance of Malcolm McLaren’s art school education to his work across advertising, design, fashion, film, music and performance.

September 26 – November 14 2015
Eyes For Blowing Up Bridges: Joining the dots from the Situationist International to Malcolm McLaren
John Hansard Gallery,
Southampton University

I curated with David Thorp this exhibition which examined the connections between a selection of politically and socially radical European figures of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Subjects included writer William Burroughs, Situationist International philosopher Guy Debord, artists Paul Chan, Asger Jorn and Malcolm McLaren and the British art group King Mob.

November 13 2015
Eyes For Blowing Up Bridges catalogue
John Hansard Gallery,
Southampton University

The catalogue for the exhibition Eyes For Blowing Up Bridges at John Hansard Gallery includes a specially-commissioned memoir of McLaren by his art-school friend Fred Vermorel, an introduction by me, a foreword by John Hansard Gallery’s Ros Carter and Stephen Foster and an essay by David Thorp.

More details here.

November 13 2015
Eyes For Blowing Up Bridges panel discussion
John Hansard Gallery,
Southampton University

I joined co-curator David Thorp, Jane Tankard of the University of Westminster and Barry Martin (Malcolm McLaren’s tutor at Goldsmiths College) for a discussion on the themes and content of the exhibition Eyes For Blowing Up Bridges and the influence and impact of the Situationist International movement.

More details here.

November 10 2015
Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-Entry
Thames & Hudson US

US publication of the monograph of the eminent British artist Derek Boshier, providing an overview of his work from the mid-50s to the present day with 300-plus illustrations.

October 7 – November 7 2015
Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-Entry
Works 1970s & Films & Collage 2014
Flowers Gallery
Cork Street

With critic/curator Guy Brett I co-curated this exhibition of the exciting work Derek Boshier produced in the 70s, when his social engagement and provocative and political edge was reflected in pop culture and particularly paralleled in Punk, leading to his collaboration on CLASH 2nd Songbook with The Clash (having taught Joe Strummer at the Central School).

At this time Boshier had renounced painting in favour of other forms of expression. This show will incorporate collages, assemblages, prints, films and drawings. It will feature Boshier’s collaboration with David Bowie on the 1979 Lodger LP and his curation of the controversial group show Lives the same year at the Hayward Gallery which included an array of notable contributors from Barney Bubbles to Posy Simmonds.

There was also space dedicated to recent works in the lineage of Boshier’s 70s experimentation, including collage and films.

November 6, 2015
Be Reasonable Demand The Impossible
Central Saint Martins
Granary Building
London N1

An evening of events to celebrate Malcolm McLaren’s disruptive spirit and punk culture to mark the 40th anniversary of the first Sex Pistols gig, at Saint Martin’s art school, then in Charing Cross Road, central London.

The screenings, talks and Q&As included an exclusive presentation of previously unseen footage of the outrageous early 80s catwalk shows created by McLaren with his fashion designer partner Vivienne Westwood as well as contributions from contemporary commentators and protagonists at the first gig, such as director Daniel Kleinman, who was in Bazooka Joe, the headline band the Pistols were supporting on November 6, 1975, and produced a specially commissioned short film which discusses the truth behind the events of that fateful night.

More details here.

November 3 2015

Derek Boshier + David Bowie
Journalism, GQ UK

My feature examines the friendship and working relationship of Derek Boshier and David Bowie, which began with their collaboration with photographer Brian Duffy on the cover of Bowie’s 1979 LP Lodger, and took in Boshier’s portrait of Bowie as The Elephant Man, the projection of his painting The Dark Side Of Houston on the cover of 1983’s Let’s Dance and the commission for stage sets for a live tour.

November 2, 2015
Malcolm Mclaren Night
The Stage Door

I introduced a Malcolm McLaren Night at Southampton’s The Stage Door as part of the city’s Film Week.

The event includes screenings of the 1980 Sex Pistols mockumentary The Great Rock N Roll Swindle, McLaren’s 2010 filmwork Paris Capital Of the XXIst Century and a compilation of footage put together by the late cultural iconoclast in the 00s.

October 22 2015
British Design: Tradition and Modernity

I have contributed a chapter to this book which reflects on the V&A’s 2012 exhibition of the same name curated by Christopher Breward and Ghislaine Wood.

My essay outlines the achievements of the late Tommy Roberts, investigating the ways in which he applied considerable powers of invention, wit and style to some of London’s most remarkable retail sites: 60s psychedelic junk shop Kleptomania; early 70s Pop Art clothing and furniture boutique Mr Freedom; zany spin-off eaterie Mr Feed’Em; City Lights Studio, the first fashion outlet in London’s Covent Garden; 80s home-wares department store Practical Styling and, in the 90s and the 00s, furniture and object emporia TomTom and Two Columbia Road.

Order copies here.

October 17, 2015
Rebel Rebel: Derek Boshier
Isle Of Wight Literary Festival
Northwood House
Isle Of Wight

With a presentation including rarely seen footage, photographs and sketches, I talked about the fascinating and diverse work of Derek Boshier to mark the publication of the monograph Rethink/Re-entry, touching on his engagement with popular culture by way of The Clash, Barney Bubbles and David Bowie, and examining the consistencies from his earliest Pop excursions to his latest filmworks.

October 8, 2015
In conversation with Derek Boshier
Flowers Gallery
Cork Street

To mark the publication of the monograph and the opening of the exhibition, Derek and I were in conversation at Flowers. There was an opportunity to meet and talk to Derek, he signed copies of the book until they sold out.

The event was free but booking was essential. Go here to reserve your place.

October 5 2015
Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-Entry
Thames & Hudson UK

I am the editor of this monograph of the eminent British artist Derek Boshier, providing an overview of his work from the mid-50s to the present day with 300-plus illustrations.

David Hockney, Boshier’s confrere since their days together at the Royal College of Art, has written the preface.

Boshier’s work and life has encompassed fellow RCA students Pauline Boty, Peter Blake and Hockney, included album covers and stage-sets for David Bowie, a songbook for The Clash and been marked by an abiding political and social engagement across painting, film, photography, drawing, sculpture, print-making and teaching.

Rethink/Re-Entry includes contributions from such authorities as critic and curator Guy Brett, Tate Britain head of displays Chris Stephens and Prof Lisa Tickner, visiting professor at the Courtauld Institute. I have contributed an essay on Boshier’s work with musicians and performers.


October 3, 2015
Artist lunch with Derek Boshier
Chelsea Arts Club

I was in conversation with Derek Boshier as part of the Chelsea Arts Club artist lunch series. Derek and I talked about all aspects of his practice, and he signed copies of the book Rethink/Re-entry at this invite-only event.

September 23, 2015
In conversation with Leif Podhajský
Cover Club
Ace Hotel

This event in the Cover Club series investigating the creative aspects of album cover design examined the work of Leif Podhajský, whose design excellence has enhanced releases by such artists as Lykke Li, Tame Impala, Mount Kimbie, The Horrors and Kelis. I wasin conversation with Podhajský, discussing his career and design interests at this invite-only event for Ballantine’s.

September 10, 2015
Barney Bubbles at Out Of The Ordinary
South Kensington
London, UK

I co-ordinated the inclusion of four rare works by the late Barney Bubbles in this annual sale.

These included a clutch of Bubbles’ strange and unusual furniture designs – entitled The AC/DC Desk, The Ian Dury Cocktail Cabinet and The Tree Of Drawers – as well as his abstract painting The Rebel (signed ‘Sal ’81’).

I also contributed an essay to the sale catalogue on these pieces as well as a bookcase sold through Practical Styling, the central London home-wares outlet operated by Paul Jones and Tommy Roberts in the 80s.

See here.

August 12, 2015
À la mod: how the Jam and mod style transcended fashion
Journalism, The Guardian

Read my piece on the continuing stylistic influence of Mod on The Guardian’s men’s fashion pages here.

I discuss the appeal of Mod in fashion circles, the interest in The Jam exhibition About The Young idea and the history of the look.

August 4, 2015
David Bowie: His style story 1972-3
Journalism, The Guardian

Read my piece on the stylistic changes rung by David Bowie during the early 70s on The Guardian’s men’s fashion pages here.

I discuss his fashion collaborations with Freddie Burretti, Daniella Parmar and Kansai Yamamoto and talk about the Pin-Ups suit from City Lights Studio designed by Derek Morton.
July 2015

The launch of SHOWStudio’s new series PRINT features an interview with me by editor Lou Stoppard about my magazine archive.

There is also a section dedicated to images from the archive, including front covers, spreads and ads.

Hear my conversation with Stoppard at SHOWStudio here.

View the selection from my archive here.


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