Among the artefacts featured in forthcoming exhibition Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter will be an original copy of Rod Stewart’s second solo album, the magnificent Gasoline Alley.
Released in 1970 on the Vertigo “swirl” label and now highly collectable, the album’s inner gatefold features this image of Stewart wearing an extraordinary trimmed jacket designed by Johnson and produced by his fellow Kensington Market occupant at that time Colin Bennett, who specialised in leather work.
This will be just one of 200-plus exhibits celebrating Lloyd’s position as a central figure operating at the cross-hatches of popular music and fashion design.
Centred on Lloyd’s core archive of garments, textiles, artwork, personal effects and ephemera, The Modern Outfitter also assembles key items of clothing from customers and collectors from around the world.
And there is a very special centrepiece which we’re keeping under wraps for now – for fashion fans and followers of Lloyd’s work, this stunning installation will evoke the incredible atmospheres and environments he created as one of the country’s greatest independent retailers.
Lloyd Johnson: The Modern Outfitter is at London’s Chelsea Space from January 24 to March 3. Details here.
To sing us out here’s Roderick giving Gasoline Alley some acapella on German TV (sure someone out there will tell me who the suit’s is. Granny’s? I fancy Ruskin – also of Kenny Market – for the boots):