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Do a Ruby Keeler The Boy Friend: Period film and Retro Fashion in 1971.

Start Date 22 March 2024
End Date 08 September 2024
Venue Fashion and Textile Museum
Location London,UK
Curator NJ Stevenson
Two female mannequins, one dressed in a patterned sweater and a white with black buttons dress

In the 1960s and 1970s, nowhere was the relationship between fashion and film more apparent than with the trend for retro dressing. Do a Ruby Keeler: The Boy Friend – Period Film and Retro Fashion in 1971 curated by NJ Stevenson, explores this symbiosis through costumes by Shirley Russell and outfits by Barbara Hulanicki, Janice Wainwright and Ossie Clark.

‘We’re all actors’, Barbara Hulanicki

Entry to the Do a Ruby Keeler display is included in The Biba Story exhibition tickets.

About the curator
NJ Stevenson is a fashion curator, author, and lecturer at London College of Fashion. She curated Billy: Bill Gibb’s Moment in Time at the Fashion and Textile Museum in 2008. Recent publications include, ‘A Continuous Connection’ in Kaffe Fassett: The Artist’s Eye, (Yale University Press 2022) and ‘Shirley Russell and the Role of The Boy Friend in 1970s Retro’ in ReFocus: The Films of Ken Russell (Edinburgh University Press 2023).

Images courtesy of the fashionable exhibit, and the Fashion and Textile Museum.