Tommy Nutter: The Rebel on the Row

Today THE LOOK was granted a sneak preview of some of the incredible exhibits to be featured in Rebel On The Row, the forthcoming exhibition celebrating the talents and legacy of the late Tommy Nutter.

The show is currently being installed at London’s Fashion & Textiles Museum, where it opens a week on Friday (May 20).

Curated by Timothy Everest – who was a Nutter trainee (others include John Galliano) – and the FTM’s Dennis Nothdruft, the show centres on exhibits contributed by such Nutter clients as Mick Jagger, Elton John, Cilla Black and Justin de Villeneuve.


//Mick Jagger's suits and jacket.//




//Elton John's jump-suits.//


//Cilla Black's suit.//

The exhibition will also feature some of the tailor’s own clothing. His cutting room and shop – which shook up staid Savile Row on opening in 1969 – are being recreated; the carved wooden entrance door with it’s “N” emblems was found tucked away at London reclamation house Lassco.

Chapter Five of THE LOOK covers Nutter’s rise in the 60s in parallel with others revolutionising London’s tailoring scene, such as Mr Fish and Rupert Lycett Green’s Blades.

Nutter was championed by the likes of Ringo Starr and Cilla Black, who funded his business and told the Daily Express: “It is going to be terribly posh…a very snob tailor’s. There will be none of the common gimmicks of Carnaby Street…I think Tommy Nutter is the best tailor in London.”



//A Nutter window display of dustbins and "rats" is being recreated for the show.//


//The door to Nutter's shop, rescued from a reclamation business.//

Nutter succumbed to AIDS in 1992. Aged just 49, he made a valuable contribution to the development of menswear by unleashing the exuberance  and panache of such exemplars as Bunny Roger across the mainstream of British tailoring.

Nutter’s ethos lives on in the work of such prominent tailors as Everest and Ozwald Boateng (whose career was guided by him), and has been promulgated over the years by his master cutter Edward Sexton, to whom Stella McCartney was apprenticed before her career took off.


Tommy Nutter: Rebel On The Row runs from May 20 to Oct 22. Details here.

Hagan said,

May 12, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

Timothy Everest helped assemble the exhibits for Tommy Nutter Rebel On The Row, and has been instrumental in helping to recreate the ambience of the Nutter atelier. Timothy, following this morning’s preview told me the story of how every single day working with Tommy had been a massive learning curve. As we all know, Tommy continues to inspire people to this day, and if visitors to the show pick up on that inspiration, then the exhibition will indeed be a true success and will have honoured Tommy’s legacy ‘suit’ably…

GGarland said,

May 13, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

I think the woman’s piece is Cilla Black’s.

rockpopfashion said,

May 14, 2011 @ 10:49 am

Thanks – have amended.

Martin Bows said,

June 9, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

Awesome collection of images..
all are amazing..

Going Out Dresses said,

June 9, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

you are rock of fashion world… well done dear..
carry on

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