[ books ] House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile RowAutor Lance Richardson – Albawater.co

A wildly entertaining biography of the British fashion designer who set the trends for rock royalty from the Beatles to Mick Jagger to Elton John.Tommy Nutter was a visionary tailor in the bespoke tradition who dressed everybody from Lord Montagu of Beaulieu to Twiggy, who outfitteds three of the Beatles for the cover of Abbey Road George Harrison preferred jeans , who put Mick Jagger in a white suit for his wedding to Bianca and who dressed Elton John for years, using the singer as his muse for his signature outrageous style Nutter was alluring for his ambiguity a chameleon who could rub shoulders with Princess Margaret and then dance with the drag queens at Last Resort and his clothes were the physical expression of a sharp, audacious wit House of Nutter charts Tommy Nutter s dramatic career that spanned barely 23 years, ending in 1992 with his untimely death It is a history of London during an era of economic and cultural upheaval, a celebration of the methods and traditions of Savile Row and an elegy for what was lost during the worst days of the HIV AIDS epidemic With archival access to photos, letters and interviews from Tommy Nutter s sole living relative, his brother, David, Lance Richardson takes us behind the 70s glamour to explore the public face and private life of one of Britain s most respected yet rule breaking bespoke clothiers and the celebrities he dressed.


5 thoughts on “House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row

  1. gammyjill gammyjill says:

    I think it s easy to forget the toll that the AIDS epidemic took on our creative communities from 1980 til the mid 1990 s when medical cocktails helped turn the fatal disease into a chronic one Author Lance Richardson reminds us of that toll in his biography of Tommy Nutter, The House of Nutter The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row The bio, which centers on Tommy, also features his older brother, David, who was a noted photographer and management aide to many prominent rock musicians.The Nutter brothers were born before and during WW2 of lower middle class British parents They came of age in the 1950 s and 60 s and both fastened on to the burgeoning style scene in London Tommy went to work for a bespoke tailoring shop on Savile Row and soon shook things up with his for the time avant garde designs of how the new, the mod man, should look He opened his own shop, selling his own designs, but Tommy Nutter was a designer than a businessman David, meanwhile was finding his way as a photographer in London and New York They were both in the mix at fashionable parties and the club scene Both men were gay and dabbled in drugs.As the years went by, both men were successful David as much as he wanted to be and lived interesting lives But when Tommy became HIV positive in the early 1990 s, his life was cut short He joined the thousands of creatives who lost their lives Will we know what designs could have been designed, music been composed, books been written Lance Richardson, in his book, takes a good look at the Nutter brothers one dead, the other alive and written an interesting book about two men who most of us were probably not acquainted with before reading the book.


  2. M. J. Green M. J. Green says:

    Reading this bio felt like enjoying a perfectly well composed and expertly paced meal with no flavor or texture overwhelming, but each element complementing and elevating all others.In general, even great biographies have a tendency to lean too hard into something psychology, salacious gossip, name dropping, trauma, overly academic historical reference, etc But inevitably, something overwhelms What I really appreciated, beyond the journey of a man, the shifting of an industry, the reinvention of a culture, and the frequent reminder of the rather unremarkable humanity of celebrities, was the variety of experiences the book contains It s fun, educational, often in awe but even often notit s a story about artifice and honesty and their ability to coexist, authentically.also the photos alone are totally worth the price of admission.


  3. bbillcat bbillcat says:

    Well written bio of a talented designer who blended Carnaby Street and Seville Row to create a fascinating style


  4. John D. Rozsa John D. Rozsa says:

    Who knew


  5. Dennis W Dennis W says:

    Book arrived in pristine condition.