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Hung on You

As a young rock fan in the 60s and 70s, I loved the album art as much as the music. Beyond the type and graphic design, I was intrigued by the outfits worn by The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and other British Invasion groups, whose albums my Mom would pick up in the discount bin (anyone remember the Tremeloes?). There were bright pink military coats. T-shirts made of the Union Jack. Frilly Victorian patterned shirts. I was too young to understand the fashion influences and I never really connected the dots until last week. Apparently it was a man named Michael Rainey, who died last week at 76, who ushered in London’s swinging fashion scene of the 1960s. He opened the Hung on You store in 1965 and began combining Edwardian tops with jeans, floral chiffon shirts with striped pants, and other flamboyant outfits that formed his avant-garde and “turned customers into peacocks.” So cool—okay, groovy—to make that connection and to understand the fashion choices of my rock idols.

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