Great mini series started last week on BBC2 about different aspects of British style, design and fashion. They are 1 hour each.
Episode 1 was on High Street fashion, with a focus on the recent Kate Moss x Topshop and George Davis x M&S Per Una collections; as well as looking at the culture and influence of fast fashion, vintage and ethical clothing (not really enough time spent examining this, I thought). Still, it was very enjoyable to see the parallels drawn between the careers of Twiggy and Kate Moss and how they both used their names to launch design collections.
Episode 2 takes a look at formal tailoring, and how the British look has long been exported abroad; especially in light of Paul Smith's successes in Japan. The last portion of this episode takes a look at the rise of the new generation of Savile Row tailors such as Ozwald Boateng, Timothy Everest and Richard James (all of whom I wish were given more airtime....), and the re-adoption of this the Row's styling in other areas of the fashion. Again, it was great to see the parallels drawn in the ethos of Tommy Nutter's and Edaward Sexton's work with that of Ozwald Boateng - particularly in their approach to using colour.
This is making for very interesting viewing so far, so I thought I would bring it to light.
Future episodes will be themed on: Rebel, Country, Street.
If you are in the UK, then these episodes are available to view and download (for a limited time after broadcast) through BBC iPlayer.
(For those outside the UK, apparently there is a way of tricking iPlayer into thinking otherwise... but I've not had a chance to test this)
I would love to hear your thoughts on these episodes so far... there will be 6 in total.