The Royal Mail has released a fantastic set of stamps to celebrate the last 60 years of British fashion.
Taken by Sølve Sundsbø, they show pieces that have inspired fashion students for the last 60 decades from Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen to Norman Hartnell and Ossie Clark.
I like what Michael Johnson (creative director of London-based graphic designers Johnson Banks, which created the stamps) has to say about them:
“It’s hard to make clothes look interesting if no one’s wearing them.
“On a tailor’s dummy they seem flat and lifeless. On the other hand, we didn’t want models or celebrities to distract from the design, which is what we are celebrating.
“For example, there’s a great photo of Ringo Starr wearing a classic Tommy Nutter suit in the Seventies, but you just think, ‘there’s a great photo of Ringo’ and don’t look at the suit.”
You can get a presentation pack of the stamps which comes with an illustrated history of British fashion design, written by the London College of Fashion’s Professor Amy de la Haye (£5.10).