Mr Freedom originals from Tommy Roberts’ archive

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Original clothing from Mr Freedom – the boutique operated by Tommy Roberts and Trevor Myles from 430 King’s Road in 1969-70 and then by Roberts in Kensington Church Street in 1970-71 – is now much sought-after.

These four items – including a roll of screen-printed fabric – are from Roberts’ own archive and are for sale. All are in excellent condition. Please direct all inquiries to thelook@rockpopfashion.com.

Designed by Diana Crawshaw, the front-tied “baseball suit” was one of Mr Freedom’s most famous creations, worn by many a pop star and celebrity.

Mr Freedom baseball jacket

Mr Freedom baseball jacket

Mr Freedom baseball jacket

Mr Freedom baseball jacket

Mr Freedom baseball jacket

This jacket is a contemporary size 10; the 14 label reflects how sizing has changed in the last 40 years.  Like the jacket, the matching trousers are also size 10 and are made from cotton velvet from Mr Freedom’s supplier in Lyons.

The trousers came in three-quarter and full-length. These are the flares with an inch-and-a-half turn up and two labels – an interior one in the style of a Tom Wesselman nude with a sun-ray version stitched into the waistband at the back.

Mr Freedom trousers

Mr Freedom trousers label

Mr Freedom trousers + details

The unisex Western-style shirt is a typically exuberant example of Mr Freedom’s playful approach to pop archetypes, in contrasting mauve/scarlet with snap fastener buttons. This fits a 38in chest and has a 15-and-a-half neck size.

Mr Freedom shirt

Mr Freedom shirt

Mr Freedom shirt

Mr Freedom shirt

The printed crepe was used for a handful of shirts and, Roberts recalls, one dress. It was designed by Jane Wealleans, a member of the store’s design team along with her then-husband Jon Wealleans, who was responsible for the interior of the second Mr Freedom outlet.

The American football player motif draws inspiration from the William Klein film which gave the store its name. There are five metres of this, the only roll in existence.

Mr Freedom fabric

Mr Freedom fabric

Mr Freedom fabric

Mr Freedom fabric

Interested parties should contact THE LOOK here.

trevor said,

November 26, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

suit was designed by Diana Crawshaw….

rockpopfashion said,

November 26, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

Thanks Trev – will amend.

Tim B. said,

November 27, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

Thanks for mentioning the film…I’m going to check it out. Love the trailer.

[...] tried to photograph the fabric that Tommy has given to Mr G to sell through The Look . It’s hard to capture the exact colours of fabric screen printed 30 years ago – [...]

Bud Moore said,

November 28, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

Be nice to see this go to the V&A rather than a private collector.

rockpopfashion said,

November 29, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

Too true Bud.

The V&A already has a number of Tommy items in its permanent collection; trusting some will make an appearance in the big post-war British design show now being planned to coincide with the Olympics in Spring/Summer 2012.

jake said,

February 20, 2013 @ 4:27 am

How much would the football print cost? If it’s still around.

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