Alan Holston has provided these photos from his time as of one the team at key 60s boutique Dandie Fashions.
Holston joined Dandie in 1966 when it was opened by Tara Browne and Neil Winterbottom with John Crittle and Freddie Hornik in premises in South Kensington. Tailoring was supplied by Foster & Tara, the business Browne set up with father and son team Pops and Cliff Foster.
At the beginning of 1967 – by which time Browne had been killed in the infamous car accident – Dandie moved to 161 King’s Road with a magnificent psychedelic decor courtesy of Binder Edwards & Vaughn.
Holston had known Hornik – who went on to acquire another notable King’s Road fashion business, Granny Takes A Trip – from the latter’s nights as a doorman at rock haunt The Speakeasy.
“The above two shots were taken at a fashion show at a restaurant in Sydney Street, Chelsea in 1967,” says Holston. “The suits, including the one I’m wearing outside Dandie at the top, are all in the same cut but different fabrics.”
Holston departed Dandie in 1968 when it underwent transformation into Apple Tailoring with investment from The Beatles, and joined Deborah Wood & Clare Bewicke’s shirt business Deborah & Clare at 29 Beauchamp Place in Knightsbridge. Customers included Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger (who wore a D&C dove silk shirt at his 1971 wedding to Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias).
In 1974 Holston went into the music business, joining ABC-Paramount’s UK record label Anchor which notched up hits by Ace (How Long) and Stretch (Why Did You Do It?).
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These and many other photos from the period can be found at Laura Jamieson’s Facebook group dedicated to celebrating Chelsea in the 60s: Epicentre Of Creativity.