Carnaby Street by Joseph Eta



Title

Carnaby Street

Artist

Joseph Eta

Ref SPQ5483
Type Print
Image Size 20" x 20" (50 x 50 cm)
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Description  
Carnaby Street in central London was regarded by many as the epicentre of Britain’s Swinging Sixties revolution. During the 1960s, the road and its shops became a Mecca for teenagers and celebrities seeking alternative and modern fashions such as velvet kaftans, elephant cord hipsters and the miniskirt. The original area surrounding Carnaby Street has seen many changes. During the 16th century, it started life as hunting grounds for the Royal Court and then, as the plague epidemics of the 17th century spread, it housed Pest Houses and plague pits. Its name is derived from an original house called Karnaby House, which was built on the site during the late 17th century. However, it is the street’s influence on fashion, music and youth culture during the 1960s that has made it world famous. The mood and attitude of Canaby Street during this time was in stark contrast to the stuffy-shirted gents and the tailoring of Saville Row, which lay just two roads west of Carnaby Street. John Stephen, an entrepreneurial grocer’s son from Scotland, is credited with putting Carnaby Street on the fashion map. He set up his first boutique at No. 5 Carnaby Street and was responsible for introducing hipster trousers and floral patterned shirts to young men and “dedicated followers of fashion,” as satirised by the British band Kinks. His flamboyant designs were popular with affluent teenagers as well as pop stars such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Cliff Richard was also a Carnaby Street regular. Today, Carnaby Street remains as popular as ever for both tourists and local shoppers seeking out the kind of unique and eclectic fashions that first made it so famous. The neighbourhood was born out of creativity and still to this day, it continues to contribute to London’s worldwide reputation for fashion. In 2010 Carnaby Street celebrates its 50th anniversary.