There’s nothing like an immersive afternoon of swinging…swinging sixties that is. A hark back to the decade when liberal thinking was ingrained in the culture, where risqué choices were becoming the rage, and the fashion was undoubtedly iconic. There’s isn’t a more appropriate place to celebrate this period than at Jumeirah Carlton Tower, who are collaborating with Harrods in the unveiling of an exhibition of photos, adverts and clothing showcasing ‘Sixties Knightsbridge Style’.
The exhibition will pay homage to the heritages of both the Knightsbridge hotel and the luxury retailer, each of which were prominent establishments in the decade. Jumeirah Carlton Tower opened in 1961 and was the place to see and be seen, acting as the backdrop for Mary Quant fashion shoots. Photos of the hotel will feature in the exhibition, as will clothing and images from Harrods which in the 60’s was at the forefront of celebrating the innovators and influencers. This culminated in Way In, a fashion forward boutique which opened on the fouth floor in 1967. Adverts for Way In and a Way In yellow mini dress designed by John Marks courtesy of the Harrods archive will also be part of the showcase. On top of this, guests will be able to enjoy a Swinging Sixties Afternoon Tea in the hotel’s Chinoiserie Lounge with savouries and pastries inspired by 60’s food trends including Swiss Rock ‘n’ Roll; 76% Belgian dark chocolate, lemon sponge, mascarpone cream and fresh raspberries; and Strawberry Cake Forever – Madagascan vanilla butter cream and Brockett Hall strawberry preserve sponge cake.
The exhibition is coinciding with the opening of Victoria and Albert Museum’s headline exhibition ‘You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970’. Time to experience the nostalgic hit of a decade that is still influencing us today.
The ‘Swinging Sixties Knightsbridge Style’ exhibition and ‘Swinging Sixties Afternoon Tea’ runs until the 20th November.