Sex Pistols founder and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Glen Matlock and Council of Fashion Designers of America member Keanan Duffty will visit Polimoda on January 11th, 2017 to discuss the fascinating intersection of fashion and Music and it’s effect on modern culture, opening the Polimoda Rendez-Vous cycle for 2017 with a guest lecture entitled The Saturday Boys.
Only a few capitol cities have inspired youth culture as much as London did in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. During those decades the English capitol proved to be the most inspirational, controversial and innovative of places. Often on a ‘shoe string’. Carnaby Street, the Kings Road and Covent Garden created a hotbed for many subcultures, from Mods to Hippies, Punks to New Romantics.
Glen Matlock and Keanan Duffty were, at separate times ‘Saturday Boys’. Matlock at Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s 430 Kings Road shop and Duffty at Steph Raynor and Helen Robinson’s PX in London’s Covent Garden. Matlock helped to hang the famous ‘SEX’ sign outside the store and printed some of the original provocative t-shirts. Duffty followed in famed milliner Stephen Jones footsteps by designing hats for PX and selling romantic clothing to various pop stars, actors and 80s supermodels. Both used the part time work to help pay their way through college at Saint Martins in the West End and make connections in the music business.
Music and fashion have always been uneasy bedfellows. Musicians like flashy ‘clobber’ to enhance their stage presence but, as David Bowie famously claimed, they are often uninterested in following fashion.
So why does music influence fashion and vice versa? Matlock and Duffty will discuss their own experiences and theories and answer questions from the audience. The lecture presentation will be accompanied by unique projected images, many previously unseen, detailing the evolution of UK street style.
Glen Matlock attended Central Saint Martin’s in 1974 and while working at Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s clothes shop ‘Let It Rock’ he was introduced to budding musicians Steve Jones and Paul Cook, who were looking for a bass player. The band rehearsed and rehearsed but it wasn’t until John ‘Rotten’ Lydon joined in 1975 that they became the Sex Pistols and spearheaded the punk rock explosion in the UK. Glen officially left the band and formed the Rich Kids in early 1977. Rich Kids had a self-titled hit the following year and released the acclaimed album ‘Ghosts of Princes in Towers’.
Glen appeared with Iggy Pop, touring throughout 1979 and guested on records by Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople), Frank Black (Pixies) and Primal Scream, before signing to Alan McGee’s Creation Records in 1995. He released his first-ever solo album ‘Who’s He Think He Is When He’s at Home’ the following year. 1996 also saw Glen team up with the reunited Sex Pistols on the ‘Filthy Lucre’ world tour and 20 years after they last played together, the original Sex Pistols were back for the first of many reunions. Glen’s autobiography ‘I Was a Teenage Sex Pistol’ chronicles his adventures in the Sex Pistols and beyond.
Keanan Duffty is an award-winning British fashion designer, musician and author of Rebel Rebel Anti-Style (Rizzoli, 2009). Duffty graduated from Central Saint Martin’s in London with a Bachelor of Arts degree in fashion and is he a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. In 2007 Duffty collaborated with David Bowie to create a Bowie inspired men’s fashion collection for Target. Duffty was curator of the fashion segment for the 2016 CFDA Awards tribute to Bowie, featuring Tilda Swinton and Michael C. Hall, with original Bowie stage costumes by Kansai Yamamoto and Donatella Versace.
Duffty has worked as Design Director for Ben Sherman, Dr. Martens, Gola, Gwen Stefani’s LAMB, Reebok, Moods of Norway, John Varvatos Star USA and as contributing Fashion Editor for SOMA Magazine. From 2012 to 2015 Duffty was Senior Director of Fashion Merchandising at San Francisco’s Academy of Art. Duffty provided wardrobe for the Sex Pistols’ 2003 American tour and then was the singer in the band Slinky Vagabond with Glen Matlock on Bass, Blondie’s Clem Burke on drums and David Bowie’s guitarist Earl Slick.