This weekend I took a trip down to The Fashion and Textile Museum to take in the Rebel on The Row exhibition which celebrates the life and work of the late great tailor Tommy Nutter.

Nutter, who trained as a plumber intially, was responsible for re-vitalising Savile Row in the 60s with his flamboyant, swinging-sixites style, which was articulately twinned with a lasting respect for the traditional confines of Savile Row cutting. 

He attracted a high-calibre of clientel from Mick Jagger to Elton John. In the early 60s he joined traditional tailors Donaldson, Williamson & Ward and then after learning his trade for seven years, in 1969, he joined up with fellow tailor Edward Sexton, to open Nutters of Savile Row. 
They were financially backed by Cilla Black and her husband.

In the 70s, Nutter was one of the first to branch out into the East Asian market, launching in Japan. He died in 1992, and the exhibition does a great job of celebrating his genius.

The Fashion and Textile Museum
83 Bermondsey Street
T: 020 7407 8664
F: 020 7089 9416

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