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23 JANUARY 2018

Cathi Unsworth interviews Roger K Burton for the Sohemian Society at Century Club 


£5 non-members
61-63 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6LQ

“The Sohemain Society are delighted to have been asked to host a series of special events at The Century Club, starting with our longstanding ally and sartorial hero ROGER K BURTON of THE HORSE HOSPTIAL and CONTEMPORARY WARDROBE COLLECTION. Cathi will be discussing Roger's landmark countercultrual style tome REBEL THREADS in an illustrated conversation.”

Photo of Roger K Burton and Cathi Unsworth by @etiennephotography

REBEL THREADS – Clothing of the Bad, Beautiful & Misunderstood 

by Roger K. Burton


accompanying exhibition of clothes from the book running from Friday 6th October – Saturday 4th November

This impressive showcase features over 1300 examples of rare vintage clothing from the swing, counterculture and blank generation eras, detailed photographs and factual stories of the clothes origins, alongside many previously unseen fashion and film stills. The book traces how these distinct street punk styles were originally put together and worn by the predominant teenage sub-cultures that emerged between 1940–1980, and set these kids apart from mainstream fashion.

“Roger is the infinite collector and master curator of this living and wearable history”
— Julien Temple, film director

With 50 years’ experience collecting vintage street fashion, costume designer, stylist and former mod, the author, supplied original mod clothing for the 1978 cult film Quadrophenia, before establishing the Contemporary Wardrobe Collection, to provide street fashion for TV and Film. He went on to dress literally hundreds of influential bands, from David Bowie to the Rolling Stones. The archive now exceeds some 20 thousand items and serves as a valuable resource for leading fashion and film stylists, designers and important museums around the world.

Rebel Threads is prerequisite for all lovers of vintage clothing, collectors, fashion students, designers, costumiers and anyone fascinated by the history of street style.

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