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This year has seen the passing of two of Chelsea’s greatest fashion icons, Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood. Drawing on their legacy, this panel discussion focuses on the impact the King’s Road has had on global fashion and design history.
From the invention of the mini skirt to the edgy aesthetic of punk rockers and today’s high-end fashion boutiques, the King’s Road has been at the forefront of innovation. Discover how it shaped the world of fashion forever and hear what it meant to be part of ‘the scene’.
Paul Gorman is a writer and commentator on visual culture. He has covered the pop culture significance of the King’s Road in books such as The Look: Adventures In Rock and Pop Fashion, Mr Freedom: Tommy Roberts – British Design Hero, The Story of The Face: The Magazine That Changed Culture, and The Life and Times of Malcolm McLaren, as well as in his maps and guides: The Look Of London, Punk London, and Situation Vacant: The Sex Pistols and Malcolm McLaren in London.
Sue Timney is a designer who has worked in Britain, Europe and Japan for over 30 years, creating interior projects celebrating her own brand of exotic classicism under the Timney Fowler and Sue Timney banners. She was made a Visiting Professor and Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 2007, holds the Textile Institute’s Design Medal and was nominated for the Prince Philip Designer’s Prize by the Royal College of Art.
From 2012 to 2014, Sue was President of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and is currently a director of BIID. She was elected Chair of the Chelsea Arts Club in 2021 and re-elected in 2022.