Thea Porter by Laura McLaws Helms

Published to accompany the exhibition, Thea Porter: Bohemian Chic at the Fashion & Textile Museum, London, from 6 February to 3 May 2015, Thea Porter looks at the work of the woman who came to epitomize bohemian chic in 1970s London.

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Born in Jerusalem in 1927, she began working as an interior designer before setting up shop on London’s Greek Street, where she established her unique combination of fashion and interior design, cultivating clients such as Pink Floyd and The Beatles, Faye Dunaway, Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Streisand – as well as Princess Margaret and the empress of Iran, Farah Diba. Porter was promoted in New York by Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland and her clothes were sold in Giorgio Beverly Hills. She was also a frequent visitor to the Colony Room, London, the drinking club frequented by Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon and George Melly.