"REBEL ON THE ROW"
TOMMY NUTTER EXHIBITION
Went to 'Rebel on the Row' opening the other night at the Fashion&Textiles Museum (click). It was hot and it was a hoot. I went to pay homage not only to Tommy Nutter, R.I.P., but to show my respects to my pal Edward Sexton (click). He was Tommy Nutter's cutter and devised the iconic silhouette. He's still making brilliant suits today, (see Tony King's ensemble from Saturday's VIDEO STANCE). Cilla Black, wearer and investor was there, and she gave a speech. She made a cannabis joke that I shan't repeat. Ringo Starr, from The Beatles, was there too for about ten whole minutes. A young person later asked if Ringo was a Scouser.
Nutters opened on Valentine's Day 1969. They brought fashion to the Row. They were the first to dress their windows and put suits on display. They took the make back in time, constructing higher quality stuff, while simultaneously working with new, bold, swooping lines and silhouettes for men and women. Fabric choices were avant garde and trousers were very wide. They changed things for good.
There were some truly monumental suits there. Mick's famous wedding suit. Five others worn by The Stones, a couple of Neil Sedaka's. John Lennon wore Nutter on the Abbey Road cover. The cheeky fellas at Nutters would call John 'Susan'. Mainly Elton apparently, who used to have tons made up, some of which were there. He used to call everyone doll, obviously... It's all there, although they all weren't.
Tommy was clearly well loved. Tim Everest talked fondly of his internship at Nutter's after answering an ad that said 'Boy wanted, Savile Row'. Those that knew him sniggered when Tim mentioned this during his speech. Other testimonies suggest Tommy was a right giggle and super charismatic.
There is a mocked up interior faithful to the layout of Nutter's, even the actual carved wooden front door. Edward still had the key on his bunch. A ghost door without a shop or a frame.
Edward is a living legend. He's doing a pattern cutting master class down the museum. Make the most of it kids, they don't make 'em quite like that anymore.
PS. Ringo Starr is indeed a Scouser.