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The Day of the Peacock

In the 1960s men's fashion witnessed an extraordinary rebirth that led to lasting social, cultural and commercial change - what media commentators came to coin the Peacock Revolution. "The Day of the Peacock" takes a fascinating look at the shops, celebrity photographers, tailors and fashionable dressers who made up the scene - all illustrated with photographs, outfits and ephemera drawn from the V&A's superb archives. Broad in range and scope, and neatly evoking the 60s atmosphere of optimism and opportunity, the author looks at the era's most dashing figures - including John Stephen, Tommy Nutter, Cecil Beaton,Mick Jagger and Patrick Lichfield - and discusses such iconic shops as Granny takes a Trip, Blades, Hung on You and Mr Fish. This richly illustrated personal memoir evokes a definitive break from the past - from a time when one could invariably guess a man's occupation from how he dressed, to a time when a man might make dressing himself his occupation.
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About the Author

Geoffrey Aquilina Ross is an author, editor and columnist. He worked for London's Evening Standard and has edited several magazines including FHM. During the 1960s he was the first male Fashion Editor at Vogue. Named FashionWriter of the Year in 1972, he has also lectured on Fashion at Central St Martins. Christopher Breward is Head of Research at the V&A. His previous publications include Fashion and Modernity (2005) and Swinging Sixties (V&A 2006).

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