About Miss Peelpants
Late 20th Century fashion specialist
Aspiring Roxy Girl, passionate second-hand clothing maven, perpetually doodling artist and illustrator, British Boutique Movement historian and all round geek. I trained in Costume Design, and have been a self-employed specialist dealer, collector and historian since 2003.
Follow me and, occasionally, my style (and the state of redecoration of my bathroom) on instagram as @MissPeelpants
Always inspired by the weirder, sometimes seedier, aspects of popular culture, as well as art and history, I absorb myself in contemporary films, magazines, music; pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I roll my eyes when people say Mary Quant invented the mini skirt; can spot an unlabelled Ossie Clark from twenty paces; go to pieces when I meet designers nobody else recognises; get giddy when I see clothes I recognise in old films and magazines… But I also love to share information, share the pleasure all these things bring me. It may not pay the bills, but it does bring me a lot of pleasure and inspiration. My magazine collection includes Vogue, Queen, 19, Nova, Honey, Petticoat, Vanity Fair and Harpers Bazaar, plus a few little saucy extras.
This passion for all things Sixties and Seventies means that I tend to specialize in this era, and more specifically British fashion. There’s nothing quite like owning your own little slice of history, and being a guardian for a modest collection of fabric artwork. I have retained some pieces for myself which are representative of a designer or notable style, and sometimes just because I fell in love. My largest collection is that of John Bates, but I have examples from most British boutiques and designers of the period (including Ossie Clark, Biba, Annacat, Alice Pollock, Foale and Tuffin, Bill Gibb, Thea Porter, Aristos, Bus Stop and many more…).
Garments from my collection have been exhibited at The V&A (Sixties Fashion Exhibition, 2006-07), The Fashion Museum in Bath (John Bates: Fashion Designer, 2006), The Lightbox in Woking (Snap Crackle & Pop, 2011) and The Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey (Foale and Tuffin, 2009-10; Thea Porter, 2015). Some pieces are also featured in Nicky Albrechtsen’s book Vintage Fashion Complete (Thames and Hudson).
Ephemera from my private collection was used in Richard Lester’s book Boutique London (ACC). Magazines from my collection were exhibited in Tate Liverpool‘s Glam! The Performance of Style exhibition (2013), which toured to Germany and Austria, and have also been used as source images for the V&A‘s The Biba Years: 1963-1975 by Barbara Hulanicki and Martin Pel, and for Richard Lester’s Dress of the Year (ACC). They were most recently featured at The Fashion and Textile Museum‘s acclaimed Thea Porter exhibition (2015).
I am a contributing writer for Shrimpton Couture’s superb Curate project. In September 2016, I presented the paper ‘A Peek at the Boutique’ at the UEA Symposium ‘Still Swinging: 1960s British cinema and popular culture in the 21st century’.
Please do email me if you would like to know more.